Woolgoolga Art Gallery’s Lillipilli exhibition opens with local winners – News Of The Area


Judge Steve Pickering with the first prize winning landscape, Misty Morning from Glo Hill.

The LILLIPILLI Arts and Crafts Exhibition, the Woolgoolga Art Gallery (WAG) ‘s main exhibition of the year, opened on Friday November 26 with a rainy start to the evening that cleared in time for that visitors can enter without getting soaked.

This year’s entries were brilliant and a little different and would have been of a high standard, WAG spokeswoman Sherilyn Hawley told News Of The Area.

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“The gallery was beautiful, the exhibition was well organized and a feast for the eyes,” she said.

President Carolyn Boyden announced the winners with popular choices.

The members of the Woolgoolga Art group did exceptionally well, with member Merryl Neylon taking home the major award.

“The judges struggled to find the grand champion of the Woolgoolga Art Prize, but opted for a portrait of a woman looking out the window by Merryl Neylon,” said Sherilyn.

“The judges commented that the painting was a reminder of how many people aspire to return to normal life after COVID.

“The painting is thoughtful and powerful.

“It was exciting to see the response from the winners show their emotion and enthusiasm.”

Steve Pickering, one of the five judges, of Coldstream Gallery, Ulmarra, said: “The judging was a challenge, but the quality of the work was exceptional, which made it very difficult”.

The first prize in Steve’s section of Landscapes was Misty Morning from Glo Hill.

Steve said of Misty Morning: “The artwork has wonderful depth, beautiful colors and the emphasis on the trees and the use of the rug was wonderful, it was a deserving winner.”

Carolyn thanked the volunteers for their hard work in making the exhibit a success.

“Without so many volunteers coming together to accomplish a variety of tasks, we wouldn’t have Lillipilli,” Carolyn said.

The Lillipilli exhibition runs until December 13, 2021.

The Woolgoolga Art Gallery is located at 73 Turon Pde, Woolgoolga, and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, call 02 6654 1054.

By Andrea FERRARI


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