The verdict is in – the ultimate winner of the Wish You Were Here postcard art prize is Apollo Bay’s Nicola Philp.
Purrumbete South acclaimed artist and filmmaker Luis Bayonas agonised over choosing the winning images from a field of almost 200 works at Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery, COPACC and Apollo Bay Arts Inc.
“I hate picking one, it’s a horrible thing to do because there are so many good ones,” said Mr Bayonas, who was enamoured with many of the works submitted by children.
An art teacher at Apollo Bay P-12 School, Nicola Philp has won an artist’s retreat at Cape Otway Lightstation for her ‘Saturday Sailing’ – a lively work of a yacht sailing at Apollo Bay.
Nicola’s entry won the Coasting category of the art prize which is being exhibited at the Apollo Bay Arts Inc Gallery each weekend in May.
Forrest artist Sandy Taylor-Smith won the Hinterland category, with her mixed media work ‘There be baby dragons in this Forrest’, which is on display with the other Hinterland entries at COPACC.
Birregurra’s Liz Braid won the Lakes, Craters and Rural Life category at Cororooke’s RRRTAG with her minimalist work ‘Cows in Paddock’.
Deans Marsh 12-year-old Alice Phillips mixed media ‘My Favourite Bird in the Hen House’ is the winner of the children’s category at RRRTAG.
St Mary’s student Olivia Montano won the children’s category of Hinterland at COPACC with her watercolour ‘Flowers’.
From a vibrant field of children’s submissions for Coasting Mr Bayonas judged ‘Oceania Pearl the Mermaid’, by three year old Oceania Murray-McAllister as the winning entry.
Wish You Were Here is the first initiative of Creative Otways – a community group formed to advocate for the arts and artists across Colac Otway Shire.
Creative Otways secretary Karen Patterson said the group was happy to have created the first cross-shire exhibition which would be simultaneously shown at the three exhibition spaces for the month of May.
The winning children will all receive a family pass to a COPACC performance and the winning adults will receive printed postcards of their work.