2019 Towns Of Murals Art Show hailed a success

IMPRESSIVE WORK: Cessnock councillor Darrin Gray, major award winner Eugenia Dunlevie, and art show judge Elissa Emerson. Picture: Sharon Dyson-Smith
IMPRESSIVE WORK: Cessnock councillor Darrin Gray, major award winner Eugenia Dunlevie, and art show judge Elissa Emerson. Picture: Sharon Dyson-Smith

The 2019 Towns Of Murals Art Show has been hailed as a great success.

About 200 works were entered into this year's show, which opened at Holy Spirit Catholic Hall in Kurri Kurri on Thursday and concludes on Sunday.

The major award for 2019, sponsored once again by Cessnock City Council, went to Newcastle artist Eugenia Dunlevie for her work entitled The Dry.

"This year's judge, Elissa Emerson from Muswellbrook Art Gallery, was most impressed with the quality of the works," art show organising secretary Sharon Dyson-Smith said.

"Again this year, we had about 200 entries across the various sections.

"This allowed us to present the entries in a well-spaced and attractive display which our visitors appreciated."

Heddon Greta resident Jenny Dimmock took out the award for the traditional painting section, which was named in honour of the late Marcia Maybury, who was a strong supporter of the art show.

The Heibel family of Lovedale were also successful, with Michele winning the miniature section, her son Luca being highly commended in the youth section, and mother Dorothee highly commended in the contemporary section.

The oldest award winner was Jacaranda Grove resident Dorothy Bell, 92, who won the newly-introduced section for seniors living in residential care.

Other winners included Kristi Bain (contemporary), Kerrie Marshall (watercolour), Jessica Curry (still life/flowers), Deborah Spence (pencil, pen and ink), Tracey Coombes (Aboriginal), Chloe Crockett (junior youth), Jorja Jensen (youth) and Mollie Lennon (senior youth).

The community award decided by a public ballot at the display of paintings in Kurri Kurri Library was awarded to Little Owl Preschool, Abermain.

The art show will be open from 10am to midday on Sunday.

It is running in conjunction with the Sunrise Rotary Craft Affair at St Paul's Anglican Church Hall, and combined entry for both events is $10. A mural tour at 11am Sunday will also be included in the price.

2019 Town of Murals Art Show winners

Cessnock City Council prize: The Dry, Eugenia Dunlevie.

Contemporary: winner, Early Lights, Kristi Bain. Highly commended, Luca's Lunch Break, Dorothee Heibel; Under the Fig, Kerrie Marshall.

Traditional: winner, Beware the Dive Bomber, Jenny Dimmock. Highly commended, Stubbs Waterhole, Richard Sakurovs.

Watercolour: winner, Tasmanian Coastal Rocks 1, Kerrie Marshall.

Still life/flowers: winner, Shadow Glow, Jessica Curry. Highly commended, Cosy Winter Afternoon, Marie Forbes; Daffodils Delight, Marie Forbes.

Pencil, pen and ink: winner, Slipping Away, Deborah Spence.

Miniatures: winner, Babbler's Child, Michele Heibel. Highly commended, Bernie's Washing, Eugenia Dunlevie.

Aboriginal: winner, Fish Trapping, Tracey Coombes. Highly commended, Celebrations, Judith Franklin.

Seniors: winner, Bright Stars, Dorothy Bell.

Junior youth: winner, The Japanese Dance, Chloe Crockett.

Youth: winner, Whale of a Tail, Jorja Jensen. Rising Talent, Reflections, Gina Bhatia. Encouragement, Going Wild, Luca Heibel.

Senior youth: winner, Multi-coloured Macaw, Mollie Lennon. Rising Talent, Spiny Flower Mantis, Ryan Lewis. Encouragement, Skewbald Horse, Sophie Hollis.

Community award - schools and preschools: Little Owl Preschool, Abermain.