Annual Watercolour Society Queensland Exhibition 2019 Prize Winners
Well, what fierce competition this year. The standards were of very high quality. Therefore it was a challenging task for the judges. Such originality and diversity. With this in mind, it’s clear that anyone willing to enter a competition of this magnitude is a winner.
First of all, let’s get to the prize winners of the evening.
1ST Traditional: John Spittle The Gift
1ST Mixed Media: Eve Heckle Mangrove in Moreton Bay
2ND Traditional: Anne Roberts Peaceful
2ND Mixed Media: Tony Walker South Bank from the Emporium
3RD Traditional: Anne Marie O’Brien Kings Canyon
3RD Mixed Media: Caroline Slack Abstract
Traditional: Caroline Slack Sunday Afternoon
Mixed Media: Lisa Pullen Still life Serenade
Traditional: Di Taylor Cactus
Mixed Media: Lyn Kennedy Back Streets Porto
Recognised Highly Commended
Jean Giarola Burst of Spring – Brookfield Road
Lina Rimland Camellias
Anne Roberts Well camouflaged
Pauline Good The cutting 15 mile Road
Eve Heckel Strandbrooke
Bruce Griffiths Arcadia Spacial
Kevin Smith The Bedroom
Samaneh Mohtadi Strong though Subtle
Criteria for Judging
As we mentioned previously with such high standards and professionalism, clear rules had to be in place for judges. The prize winners were ultimately chosen by following the below criteria.
- Creativity imagination
- Technical innovation
- Use of materials
- Observation – look outwards in terms of painting.
- Materials – technique
- Resolution – overall finish and impact of the work.
Apart from just acknowledging our winners, we want to give thanks and gratitude to everyone who helped put the exhibition together.
The exhibition was at the Auditorium, Mt Coo-tha Botanical Gardens, therefore, the Watercolour Society Queensland acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and the traditional custodians of the lands where we live, learn and work.
Importantly, let’s congratulate our members who took the time and effort to enter work. Without them, there would be no exhibition of this quality and magnitude.
Not only … but also the following list that supports the society, its members and given generously to our vision.
Jasco (Winsor & Newton – Lindsay McMahon
Oxlades – Pam Grabb
Frame Warehouse, Ashgrove – Brooke Ovenden
Artagraph Picture Framing, Milton – Colin Gordon
Faber-Castell – Sue McVay Arthouse,
Arthouse Northside – Anne and Kevin Buckle
Artis Pura, Annerley – Erin Salguero
Following on from the sponsors, our energetic Committee Members:
Jenny Loveday – President
Julie Brims – Vice President
Marilyn Revell – Secretary
Mary Neylan – Treasurer
Next, are the Judges:
Mini-Workshop and Plein Air Tutors
Additional thankyous to the very talented mini-workshop and Plein air tutors. It is the first year we have conducted sessions during the exhibition. As a result, they were exceptionally well received and successful.
Kevin Smith conducted a talk and demonstration, explaining materials and an understanding to watercolour for beginners.
Maria Field provided a mini floral workshop. With the focus on ink pens, wet in wet, dry in wet and dry in damp. Also, how to control your paint to obtain the edges that you require.
Carla Hananiah is an artist and tutor with Winsor and Newton. To emphasis the use of colour to depict vast stretches of mountain and sky.
Jocelyn Girle and Phil Cawthan conducted their workshop on painting in the botanic gardens. Ideally, to leave the four walls of the art room.
The exhibition featured historical displays set up by Chris Osborn. Coupled with displays of student works by St Laurence’s College and feature artist Paul Margoscy.
And finally, the long list of volunteers:
Barbara Peacock, Caroline Slack, Anne Maree O’Brien, Phil Cawthan, Pauline Good, Judy Reese Thomas, Helen Beaver, John Spittle, Iris Spittle, Suzi Wells, Diane Murphy, Leonie Seabrook, Parvaneh Shayegh, Peta Harvey, Inge Scott, Robert Stott, James McKay, Bahar Shahrestanaki, Samaneh Motardi, Di Taylor, Anne Roberts, Amrita Despande, Maria Field, Anna Christie, Penelope Gilbert-Ng, Karen Runge, John Evans, Pauline Good, Cynthia Stewart + husband, Szczepan Urbanowicz, Nev Logan, Gwen Smith, Lorraine Devonshire.