Artists’ lengthy trek to a particular exhibition

On the present: Tim Hardy along with his prizewinning drawing, “Blacksmiths Workshop”. Picture: Andrew Sikorski.

IT was a case of the vacation spot being extra vital than the journey, president of the Artists Society of Canberra, Peter van Rens, mentioned final evening (October 21) as he launched the organisation’s eightieth annual spring exhibition.

It was, he instructed sponsors, arts lovers, entrants and Arts Minister Tara Cheyne, the primary time since November 2020 that the venerable society, based in October 1927 by Irish-born John Horgan, had been in a position to maintain its annual exhibition, and what a journey it had been to get there.

This 12 months’s judges, Virginia Rigney, of Canberra Museum and Gallery, and Peter Haynes, from Strathnairn Arts Affiliation, reviewed all 300 works and awarded prizes on the premise of 1 work, one prize, versus awarding an entire physique of labor.

Haynes mentioned the predominance of landscapes in varied iterations spoke of the persevering with influence of the atmosphere with the visible artists and after a protracted record of bulletins, (see beneath), it was in actual fact  a panorama, “Batlow Hills”, which gained Finest in Present, though Batlow-based artist, Wendy Fraser, couldn’t  be current for the event.

Judges Peter Haynes and Virginia Rigney, in entrance of “Batlow Hills”, which gained Finest in Present for Batlow-based artist Wendy Fraser.



  • First Prize, Neil Renfree for “Gutthega to Perisher Path”
  • Second Prize to: Madhuita Satpathi for “Verdant”
  • Third Prize to Simone Doherty for “Recollections”
  • Extremely commendable, Claire Cusak’s “Little Victoria.”

Digital Artwork Prize

  • First Prize, Bryan Kilgallin for “Sonya”
  • Second Prize, Smithson for “Polyhedral Panorama”
  • Third Prize, Bobby Graham for Portrait of Bryan.


  • First Prize, Hilary Warren for “Grevillea ‘Bonfire’”
  • Second Prize, goes to Fenja T Ringl for her “Woodland Echidna”.
  • Third Prize, Christine Jarrett for “Lockdown Cats.”

Combined media and others

  • First Prize, Marijke Gilchrist for “Secret Waterhole”
  • Second Prize, Robyn Diener for “Fireplace and Ice IV”
  • Third Prize, Rebecca Grey for “Tropical Dreaming”
  • Extremely commendable, Claire Neil Renfree’s ‘Waterfall.”


  • First Prize, Ian Bignall for “Blenheim Creek”
  • Second Prize, Hideko Pentony for “Guerilla Bay Rock Arch”
  • Third Prize, Lesley Burrows for “Panorama”
  • Extremely commendable, Caroline Reid’s “Wonderful Finish of Summer season”.


  • First Prize,  Tim Hardy for “Blacksmiths Workshop”
  • Second Prize, Jo Anne Pulko for “Discovering Power 3”
  • Third Prize, Maureen Lawrentin for “Summary Timber”.


  • First Prize, Trish Dillon for “Catching up”
  • Second Prize, Margaret Harrison -Smith for “Liffey Falls, Northern Tasmania”
  • Third Prize, Ekaterina Mortensen for “Tablelands Sundown”
  • Extremely commendable, Stephen Clively’s work: “Louise” and Wendy Frazer’s work “Moody”


  • First Prize, John Bosler for “Inexperienced Patch, Jervis Bay”
  • Second Prize, Lazo Stankovic for “Scarfed Lady”
  • Third Prize, Victoria Collins for “Limitless Youth”
  • Extremely commendable, Madhumita Satpathi’s “Slice of Pleasure”.

Watercolour and gouache

  • First Prize, (the Annual David Hatton Prize for finest Watercolour,) Wendy Antoniak for “Leek (Allium porrum)”.
  • Second Prize, Ute McEachran for “Early Frost Entrance Paddock”
  • Third Prize, Hans van Haalen for “Murramurang NP”
  • Extremely commendable, Oliver Chang’s “Sentry.”

Particular prizes

  • The Peg Minty Prize for Finest Panorama, Isla Patterson for “Murrumbidgee River Scene”
  • Finest Summary, Caroline Reid for “Erupt”
  • Finest Portrait or Determine, Stephen Clively for “Fatima”
  • Finest Flora, Fauna or Nonetheless Life, Maria Pfohl for “Pink and Purple Irises”
  • Bendigo Financial institution Prize for the work that created the best feeling of pleasure, Valerie Spear for “Easter Stroll”
  • Finest in Present, Wendy Fraser for “Batlow Hills.”

The Artists’ Society of Canberra eightieth spring exhibition, Fitters’ Workshop, Kingston till October 30. Entries for the Individuals’s Selection are nonetheless open.


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Ian Meikle, editor