The winner of the 2017 Claremont Art Award was announced at the exhibition opening on Friday evening. The winning piece was by sculptor, Yuko Takahashi for her piece “Migration”. The judges commended Ms Takahashi for her highly engaging piece which they said reinvented the strong tradition of origami in a contemporary setting. The first prize for the Awards is $5000 and the sculpture will now become a part of the Town’s art collection.
Second place prize of $2500 went to artist Lyn Franke, with her piece Melaleucas – Canal Rock Road. The judges said the artwork was a beautiful observation of landscape using textiles. Third place prize of $1500 was awarded to Jamie Arkeveld for his painting of Agett Road, Claremont. Judges said it was an honest painting which was well composed and beautifully put together. The Local Artist award of $500 was presented to Lyn Merrington for her work, Chester Road.
“Now in its fourth year, the Claremont Art Award and Exhibition continues to impress with the high calibre of entiries. I am delighted we have been able to add another wonderful artwork to our collection which I am sure the community will enjoy for years to come,” said Mayor Jock Barker.
The selection of art works for display was no easy task for judges this year with 225 entries from which 68 were selected for exhibition. To enter artists must be aged 16 or over and reside in Western Australia. Entries are encouraged from all artists, whether they are local residents, emerging talent or established artists. Accepted mediums are Acrylic, Oil, Print, Watercolour, Mixed Media, Pastel, Textile, Work on Paper and Sculpture.
The selected artworks, which are for sale can be viewed at the Town’s Council Chambers and Administration at Number One Claremont, 308 Stirling Highway until 30 September. Visitors to the exhibition are encouraged to vote for their favourite artwork for a chance to win a $500 shopping voucher to spend in the Claremont town centre.
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