AGL Port Stephens Art Gallery Competition raising funds for Tomaree Museum Project

Members of the Tomaree Museum Association in the Gallery. PHOTO: Tara Campbell.


WINNERS have been announced for the AGL Port Stephens Art Competition, a Tomaree Museum association activity supported by AGL.

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Judged by Paul Dear and exhibited at Broughtons at The Bay, d’Albora Marina Nelson Bay, the exhibition featured a range of artworks in a variety of media.

First place of the competition went to Lorna Bennett’s ‘The Lone Watchman’, a mesmerising artwork featuring a lone bird guarding the Port Stephens coastal and water area.

Second and third places went to Lisa O’Donnell’s ‘Last Stand’ a triptych acrylic artwork of the trees in the area and Bev McKinnon-Matthews’ ‘Into the Burley Bucket’, an artwork utilising Gyotaku, the traditional Japanese method of printing fish.

The exhibition’s theme was the heritage and sustainability of the Port Stephens area, in line with the Tomaree Museum’s Association’s goal.

“The Tomaree Museum Association aims to develop a Tomaree Museum and Interpretive Centre to document, protect and promote the history and changing natural environment of Port Stephens and Tomaree Peninsula, contributing to preserving the historic, cultural, marine and tourism value of Tomaree Headland,” Ian Farnsworth of The Tomaree Museum Association said.

The art competition strongly highlighted the excellence in talent from all involved, with many stand out articles.

Excellent commendation should be given to Bev Bush for ‘Sammy the Seal’, a beautifully painted seal, Rebecca Cavanagh’s ‘Octopus’ a fascinating mixed media piece utilising wood, rope, sand and shells and Amanda Sutherland with her work ‘Birubi Reflections’ which was crafted entirely with bottle caps found on the local beaches.

All artwork in the exhibition was on display with a percentage of sales supporting the Tomaree Museum Project.

The association thanks everyone involved for their wonderful efforts and hopes to continue uniting the community with similar events in the future.



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