Packed gallery for Plethora of Postcards

A CAPACITY crowd attended last Friday night’s opening of Yet Another Plethora of Postcards at Spiral Gallery.

The annual event is turning into one of the Bega gallery’s more popular exhibitions.

This year it attracted 330 entries, including several taking on the new challenge of three-dimensional “plinth” postcards.

Exhibition curator Rachel Annabel said the quality and variety of this year’s entries was wonderful – “even better than last year”.

“It has also been hung in a really organic way this year, as opposed to last year’s straight lines – there are waves of colour around the walls!”

Hanging 300-plus postcard-sized artworks is “no small job”, Ms Annabel said, but the “huge amount of work is all worthwhile”.

The postcards were judged by artist and lecturer Tim Moorhead, who presented the awards at Friday night’s opening.

First prize in the adults section received 200 prints of their winning entry courtesy of Carbon Copy in Pambula. Second prize was a desktop easel and art supplies from Valleyart Bega.

The youth section winner took home $100 of framing from Frillneck Frames, Bega, while second prize was a tin of Derwent pencils from Valleyart.

There was also a section for juniors, where the winner will receive 50 copies of their entry from Carbon Copy and second prize included pencils from Valley Potters and paper from Valleyart.

Yet Another Plethora of Postcards is on display at Spiral Gallery, 47 Church St Bega, until July 23.

A people's choice award is running throughout the exhibition, with the winning artist to receive a handcrafted pen by Steve Stafford.

Winners:

Adults – 1st Catherine Sinclair, Black Swan With Eggs; 2nd Sam Bailey, Land of Fabulous.

Youth – 1st Annaliese Reed, K9; 2nd Lucca Paijmans, Space Compound.

Junior – 1st Archie Doolan, Evil Mist; 2nd Becky Robbers, Turtle Hatchlings Swimming.

Highly commended:

Adults – Di Panchaud; Anna Senior; Karen Reed.

Youth – Indigo Murray; Lachlan Heyhorn; Priya Benjamin; Aysha Geoghegan.

Junior – Archie Ryan.

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