Quantity down, quality up: Australia Day Student Art competition entries ‘wonderful’

ARTY AUSTRALIANS: Skylar Rose Fitzsimmons, Felicity Van Doorn, Courtney Fitzsimmons, Kacey Fitzsimmons and Emily Symes were some of the 32 entrants in the Australia Day Student Art competition. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0118sgart2DESPITE a drop in entries for this year’s Orange Australia DayStudent Art competition, the judge’s job was made harder due to the quality of artworks entered.

Judging of the 32 paintings by Orange Regional Galleryassistant director Brenda Gray took place last Monday, and winners have been announced.

The 10 years and under category was taken out by Paddy Curran who painted Uluru. Second place went to Tadhg Curran with his picture of a kookaburra on a branch.

The 11 and 12 years category was won by Zach Miller, who also painted Uluru, while Kacey Fitzsimmons’ painting of a black and white rooster was second.

Ristin Jones’ painting of Banjo Paterson took out the 13 and 14 years category, with Felicity Van Doorn taking second place for her colourful rosella.

The 15 years and over category winner was Emily Symes for her portrait titled Dreaming, and second place was awarded to Alicia McFadden with her painting A is Australia.

Orange Australia Day committee chairwoman Helen Corby said she was blown away by the works entered this year, despite not hitting the usual mark of 40 to 50 entries.

“While we only had 32 entries, the standard was wonderful. I think it was the best range of artwork presented over the past few years,” Mrs Corby said.

The winners will be presented with their share of $250 in prizes on Australia Day at 8.15am.

All artworks entered into the competition will hang in the Cook Park Guildry from January 21 to 26.

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