Wind, waves add up to Warrnambool art prize

“A BEAUTIFUL depiction of waves” is why artist Wilma Williams took first prize at the recent Warrnambool Artists’ Society’s summer show, according to judge Alan Wood.

The exhibition Local Scenes at the Merri View Gallery closed with the announcement of the awards on Sunday.

Committee member Lorraine O’Brien said Williams’ piece Coastal Wind and Waves was done in pastel and depicted a seascape looking down our coastline.

“There is fabulous movement in the ocean — waves breaking and spray coming off the water,” she said.

Runner-up was Fay Chenoweth with her piece Reflections, Warrnambool, which was another seascape looking out to Middle Island.

“It has glorious reflections of the land in the mirror-still water of Stringray Bay. Like Wilma, she is also a talented artist.”

Mr Wood said “this painting has its own light source”.

The exhibition included 78 artworks from 35 local artists in a range of media including oil, watercolour and lino cuts.

Ms O’Brien said it was the second year the summer exhibition had been judged and was proving popular.

“Our summer show is really developing with the themed competitions and I believe we would like to see this continue,” she said. 

“It adds an extra amount of interest and challenge, both for the artists and for the community.”

Ms O’Brien said Local Scenes had been a success with good patron numbers attending. 

“We also had nine paintings sold, plus numerous cards sold, which is a satisfying response too.”

The Warrnambool Artists’ Society will hold its major annual awards show in the middle of the year.

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