CARMEL Wallace’s painting of “the dark side of plastics” was the winner in the first round of this summer’s Arts on the Grass event.
The Portland artist’s painting of the plastic detritus she has picked up on beaches won the public’s vote, ahead of Melody Brisbane’s wry painting of an artist painting an artist painting an artist.
Wallace said she chose the theme for her artwork to show how discarded plastics built up in the environment.
Keeping with the popular format of last year, Arts on the Grass gives two artists two hours to each create an original artwork.
It takes place principally on Fridays on the Civic Green and has been successful in showcasing the wealth of arts talent in the region.
People can vote on their favourite artwork via the Warrnambool Art Gallery Facebook page with round winners to receive a 12-month Warrnambool Art Gallery (WAG) membership.
The overall series winner will receive a $500 Darrian Art Supplies voucher.
The combination of live music from Bec Sprague and live painting kept the crowd at yesterday’s round well entertained.
Presented by The F Project and the Warrnambool City Council, the free event will be held again from noon-2pm on December 13 and 20 as well as January 17, 24 and 30.
F Project president Emma Charlton said that Arts on the Grass was cementing its place as one of Warrnambool’s favourite summer events.
“Last summer Arts on the Grass brought something amazing to Fridays in Warrnambool — encouraging lunching and lounging in the Civic Green in the midst of live artistic creativity,” Ms Charlton said.