Gallery features local art

MEINECK MASTERPIECE: Lou with his Highlands Dancer. rp-241110-013
MEINECK MASTERPIECE: Lou with his Highlands Dancer. rp-241110-013

AS part of Emerald Art Gallery’s 2010 Art Awards, around 70 works by local artists will be on display until November 30.

The artworks in the form of paintings, photography, sculpture, drawing and pastels were entered into the 2010 Art Awards’ four prize categories with two overall awards.

Irene Callaghan won the category one award, Bill Gannon took out category two, Carol Forster won category three and Judi Liosatos came out on top in category four.

Genevieve Mitchell was awarded the Margaret Gibson Youth award and Lou Meineck won the Acquisitive award.

Lou’s winning work, Highlands Dancer, was painted with an agriculture theme and took eight months to complete.

“I wanted to paint an action theme... I’d do a bit, leave it, do a bit more and leave it,” Lou explained.

Lou said he was surprised he took out first prize for the award as there were “lots of good work and lots of good artists”.

“I forgot about the Acquisitive Award, I was over at the wine bar then I heard my name.”

Lou entered three works in total with one of his other works aimed at children and to get them interested in art.

“Thought it would be good for kids... most kids wouldn’t be interested in oil paintings or water colours but this work will interest them,” he said.

“(It’s) important for kids to come to the art gallery.”

He said he had shown the work to a few children and received “good, positive reactions”.

If you would like to see the exhibition, it will be on display until Friday November 30. The gallery is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

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