Opening Night of the 54th Currabubula Red Cross Art Show welcomed over 150 art lovers with winners judged by Sandra McMahon from Weswal Gallery, Tamworth. Delicious catering by the Currabubula Red Cross branch was supported by the Lions Club of Tamworth and music was supplied by Phil Weaver.
Over $10,000 in prizemoney and a very good sales record attracted a higher number of artists this year and over 500 paintings were hung across four categories. The Art Show was officially opened by Cr Andrew Hope. The Champion Picture Winsome Busby BEM Memorial Prize of $6000 supported by Cascade Poll Herefords & Angus went to Julie Simmons from Castlereagh for her large watercolour work “Ephemeral”.
The Helen Scott Memorial Local Prize of $500 supported by Garvin & Cousens, Gunnedah for an artist residing within 100km of Currabubula went to Elaine Abberfield from Timbumburi for her exquisite “Peony Delights”.
Sandra McMahon commented on the attention to detail shown by artists, particularly noting the composition, perspective, tonal values and technical ability shown, with a very high standard of work entered this year.
Throughout the Art Show painting demonstrations were held by John Shields (in oils) and Julia Hardman (in watercolours and mixed media) attracting a lot of interest from visitors. First time guest exhibitor Judy Barton displayed her leatherwork.
Catering was supplied by Wallabadah Red Cross on the Friday, Currabubula locals on the Saturday and the Currabubula Red Cross with support from Tamworth, Gunnedah and Quirindi Red Cross branches on the Sunday. An unusually rainy Art Show weekend did not deter visitors with pleasing painting, silver jewellery and handmade treasures sales. All funds raised go to the Western Region NSW programs of the Australian Red Cross.
You are invited to be a part of the annual Art Show with plenty of opportunities for volunteers to help. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org by 15 June to register your interest for next year!