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John Shaw Neilson Acquisitive Art Prize 2018 Highlights


A large audience attended the opening night and the announcement of The Balnaves Foundation John Shaw Neilson Acquisitive Art Prize.

We continue our long-standing relationship with the Art Gallery of South Australia and welcomed Tony Magnusson, the Curator of European and North American Art, to judge this year’s art prizes.  The major prize of $10,000 was awarded to David Hoyt from Penshurst in Victoria for his oil on canvas painting ‘Along A River’ inspired by the poem ‘Along A River’. Some of Tony’s comments about the winning artwork were “Evoking a powerful sense of place, this riverine landscape responds sensitively and subtly to the poet’s lines; ‘Green leaves – a patch of world along a river / The drab and silver draping every limb.”

The John Shaw Neilson Local Prize of $1000 sponsored by Lois Hodge was awarded to Jaime Prosser from Keith with her oil on paper entry ‘The Loving Tree Bidding the Stars to Come Down’ inspired by the poem ‘The Loving Tree’.  A charcoal and pastel on paper of a young woman in traditional Japanese costume called Akai (Red) by Penola artist, Dagny Strand, inspired by the poem ‘The Girl With Black Hair’ was awarded a highly commended prize.

The ‘colourful, dynamic and fun’ entry submitted by Mary Jane Boaretto Pureza from NSW was the winner of the $1000 Design Prize sponsored by the Penola and District Business and Tourism Association. Mary Jane’s design will become the official logo of the 2019 Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival.

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