Saturday, May 22, 2021

Ada Clark, co-winner of the Lachlan Valley Biennial Art Awards Major Prize Award with her painting, Colours of Autumn, oil on canvas
Lachlan Valley Biennial Art Awards 2021 Judge, Emma Collerton, Curator, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery

Now on at the Cowra Regional Gallery is the wonderful regional art exhibition the Lachlan Valley Biennial Art Awards 2021 showcasing 100 artworks by 61 artists based within a radius of 100 klms from Cowra. This includes artists from  Darby’s Falls, Millthorpe, Grenfell, Woodstock, Canowindra, Greenethorpe, Bathurst, Young, Koorawatha, Orange, Gooloogong, Newbridge, and Cowra.

The Lachlan Valley Biennial Art Awards (LVBAA) was established as a stand alone exhibition project by the Cowra Art Group following over 20 years presenting exhibitions in association with the annual Festival of the Lachlan Valley (1986-1992) and the Cowra Festival of International Understanding.

The opening event including the announcement of the winners was broadcast online by the Cowra Regional Art Gallery (this was due to COVID-19 restrictions) on Wednesday 19 May 5.30pm and can now be seen on the Gallery website. Cr Bill West Cowra Mayor launched the exhibition. He congratulated the Art Group and the participating artists as well as acknowledging the artistic talent in Cowra and the region

“Walking in here it is quite inspiring and amazing to look at the work, not only of the art and the talent we have in the region, but to have it showcased in such a way, the diversity and the quality is outstanding. I would hope that when people come and look at this exhibition they would understand and appreciate the talent and the quality of the artists we have in our region.” said Mayor Bill West.

The 2021 judge was Emma Collerton, Curator. Bathurst Regional Art Gallery.  The judge selected  two co-winners of the Major prize and four highly commended.

“As you can see when you walk around the exhibition space there is so much diversity with the styles, the techniques, and the subject matter…. I had a very hard job, so I went to the committee and I said can I please choose two? And they said ok” said Emma Collerton.

List of winners and highly commended are:

TRISHA WALSH, Untitled, mixed media. Co-winner LVBAA Major Prize Award 2021

ADA CLARK, Colours of Autumn, oil on canvas. Co-winner LVBAA Major Prize Award 2021

Highly Commended:

LINDA CHANT, The Stems Fell Gently, drawing

ISABEL HARNDEN, Golden Hour, oil on canvas

WAYNE MILES, Flowers in a Glass Jar (after Olley), acrylic and enamel on plate glass

JOEL TONKS, Late Afternoon, Ophir, acrylic on canvas

This is a “must-see” exhibition and unique opportunity to enjoy the works of local talent from across the region. The Lachlan Valley Biennial Art Awards continues at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery to  12 June 2021. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm and Sunday 2pm to 4pm and admission is free. The Cowra Regional Art Gallery is located at 77 Darling Street Cowra 2794. For more information contact the Gallery administration on 63402190.

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For more information contact Brian Langer, Gallery Director, Cowra Regional Art Gallery on 0429072282 or email blanger@cowra.nsw.gov.au

Cowra Regional Art Gallery is a cultural facility of the Cowra Shire Council.