The overall winner of this year’s City of Warrnambool Art Show was described by the judge as a standout painting, full of movement and rhythm.
Entitled Changing Tide, Susan Sambell’s acrylic interpretation of a local coastal scene winning was named best in show and earned the artist $2000 in prize money.
Organisers estimated more than 300 people filled the Warrnambool Primary School’s multi-purpose room for opening night on Friday, enjoying nibbles, drinks and music from the Warrnambool City Jazz Band.
Rotary Club of Warrnambool East’s show co-ordinator Roger Cussen said the turnout was pleasing.
“There are 350 art pieces here tonight from over 100 artists and it’s great to see so many people have come to see them,” he said.
“We’re very grateful to our sponsors and of course pleased to be giving back to the community through our donation to the Standing Tall program.”
Judge Ross Paterson from Twenty Melbourne Painters Society said he was impressed with the high standard of work on display.
“When you look for a good painting you look for initial visual impact for starters,” he said.
“Then how well the artist has used design, shape and colour, does the painting tell a story, and finally presentation. The winning painting has a lot of positive qualities. It is a skillful interpretation of the ocean and skillful use of colour.”
Immediately following the announcement bidders were frantically trying to secure their favourite paintings.