Every one was a winner at the opening of the 61st Tumut Art Show on Friday night, but none more so than Tumut painter Glenyce Francis.
Glenyce won first prize, the Nest Chiropractic Award, in Section 2, the Local Scene Snowy Valleys Council Area category, for her work Talbingo Reflections, and was also Highly Commended in the same section for Turbulence over Tumut Aerodrome.
She was also Highly Commended in Section 1, Any Medium, for What are you looking at, depicting a colourful, expressive bird.
Judge’s comments on Talbingo Reflections were “glowing and highly technical but at the same time there is a sense of love and excitement for the landscape.”
For Turbulence over Tumut Aerodrome, the judges said “drama enhanced by strong tones” and for What are you looking at “portrait of colour and beauty.”
Glenyce had little idea her work would receive such recognition.
“No, I was not expecting it,” she said.
“I did my best for the art show but I haven’t been painting for long; only about four years.”
One glance at her work suggests Glenyce is a natural.
“I dabbled in painting a little when I was a child, then 40-odd years later I got back into it,” she said.
“I enjoy painting the beautiful scenery in our area.”
Glenyce lives near Tumut Airport, and therefore had plenty of inspiration for the spectacular cloud formation depicted in Turbulence over Tumut Aerodrome.
Glenyce describes the Tumut Art Society as “absolutely fabulous.”
She was its president of the Society for three years before handing the job over to Jenny Crain in July last year.
The 61st Annual Art Exhibition is on at the 5Ways Studio and Gallery until Sunday April 8.
Fine Art Judge: Peter Griffen. Fibre art judge: Denise Lithgow.
Section 1: Snowy Valleys Shire Award – Any Medium
1st Prize No: 131 Paul McKnight – Narcissus on Turkish Embroidery
Elegant, exquisitely worked, and of an intimate nature
2nd Prize No: 139 Anne Rayment – Real Life
Striking impact and full of light and character, very powerful
Highly commended to No: 118 Glenyce Francis – What are you looking at?
Portrait of colour and beauty
Commended No: 128 David Lake – Moonrise Hobby Yards
Quality of light is superb
Section 2: – Local Scene Snowy Valleys Shire, Any Medium
1st Prize No: 206 – Glenyce Francis – Talbingo Reflections
Glowing and highly technical but at the same time there is a sense of love & excitement for the landscape
2nd Prize No: 211 – Colina Grant – Early morning Adelong
Soft & sensitive, expressionistic, great use of texture creating a feel for the landscape
Highly commended No: 207 – Glenyce Francis – Turbulence over Tumut Aerodrome
Drama enhanced by strong tones
Commended No: 226 – Helen Taylor – Cottage Fairview Station
Innovative and powerful, using techniques personal to the artist.
Section 3: Watercolour / ink & wash
1st Prize No: 301 – Sylvia Bamberry – The flooding of Coopers Creek
Free thinking and organic which presents an unexpected surprise.
2nd Prize No: 317 – Noeline Millar – Rocky outcrop Flinders Ranges
Strong positive technique
Highly Commended No: 324 – Doreen Shaw – Ploughed Fields
Poetic and delicate
Commended No: 309 – Ngaere Donald – Visual Impression
Simple but exciting rendition of classic subject matter.
Section 4: – Oils
1st Prize No: 418 – David Lake – Landscape Near Mullaney
Powerfully centred composition
2nd Prize No: 432 – Karen Walsh – Country Village Carcor
Very good light and expressive brushwork
Highly Commended No: 419 – David Lake – Hill Of Granite
Serene and rich in feeling
Commended No: 415 – Sandra House – All Landscape
SECTION 5: Acrylics
1st Prize No 520 – Jennifer Forster – Riverbend Killimicat
Flowing & arabesque, with soft moody shadows
2nd Prize No: 516 – Ngaere Donald – Rileys Plain
Captures the flinty texture of the land
Highly Commended No: 534 – Anne Rayment – Walk In The City
Inventive, playful and stimulates the imagination
Commended No: 521 – Bob Gurney – After The Camp Draft Trials
Unique approach to well-known subject matter
SECTION 6: Pastels
1st Prize No: 622 – Penny Rosato – Morundah Plains Stock Reserve
Strong sense of place
2nd Prize No: 616 – Glenda Heyhoe – Tree Art
Dark but alive, good energy
Highly Commended: 619 – Irene Ioannou – Butterflies
Very delicate with sensitive use of technique
Commended No: 604 – Michelle Chibnall – Crossing The Back Range Creek
Welcoming and wonderfully romantic
SECTION 7: Works on Paper
1st Prize No: 732 – Therese Mctavish – Edgar The Calf
Sculpturally strong with great sensitivity
2nd Prize No: 712 – Joanne Davis – Beachcombers Collective
Highly Commended No: 740 – Heather Rhul – Holy Camp Lookout
Handled in a personally rich and unique way
Commended No: 751 – Debbie Wood – Dinner Is In The Bag
Something special and exploratory
SECTION 8: Fibre Art
1st Prize No: 807 – Heather Dunn – Womboin
This piece was made with skill in a way that compliments the work. It is experimental and well presented with good tonal qualities. The suggestion of barbwire with stitching and the mix of rusty metal frames it well. Weaving is well balanced.
2nd Prize No: 809 – Jess Forster – Reservoir
Good composition, a powerful work, well balanced with the main section off to one side. Shows the maker is in control of the medium.
Highly Commended No: 803 – Bonnie Carroll – Shearers Post
Good composition and subject matter. Felting is not over worked which give a sense of time and place.
Commended No 816 – Carol Slattery – Thoughtful
Very innovative. Fabric and stitch can be a powerful, artful combination which shows in this works shadows.
SECTION 9: Small Painting
1st Prize No: 919 – Val Johnson – Playing Snooker
2nd Prize No: 932 – Don Talintyre – Ascend Tumut
Warm, peaceful composition
Highly Commended No: 913 – Colina Grant – Balloon Clown
Local Artist Encouragement Award:
No: 225 Helen Taylor – Killimicat Station
A personal and delightfully felt response to the landscape. Rich colour and unusual composition.