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A Brush with Verse 2012

A Brush with Verse 2012 winner Louise Jenkins with Tenterfield’s mayor Toby Smith, in front of her ‘Turn Your Head’ triptych

The Tenterfield Art Prize celebrated its 7th year of competition with a first time local win for the Brush with Verse Shire Acquisition Award.

Tenterfield artist and Borderliner Louise Jenkins entered 2 triptychs – each based on the lyrics of Tenterfield Saddler by Peter Allen, and featuring local social comment in street scenes of Tenterfield.  The acrylic and collage works attracted much attention.

The Art judge was Allan Bruce – an accomplished artist, retired senior lecturer at USQ in Toowoomba, and current president of the Toowoomba Art Society inc.  He descibed the works as “giving a personal interpretation of local icons, and freely, spontaneously and experimentally, lifting mere illustration to the level of contemporary fine art”.

Louise Jenkins was awarded best in show for her ‘Turn Your Head’ triptych, which received the Shire Acquistion Award.

Louise also won the 2012 Feature prize – the Brush with Peter Allen Award , with her ‘I see Kangaroo Up Ahead’ triptych.

Borderliner Nola Sindel won the Open Major prize, with her watercolour ‘Territory Dreaming (Darwin Wooleybutt)’.  It was described by the Art judge as being “of stunning virtuosity, an explosion of colour and form which parallels the words of an Emily Dickinson poem”.

Nola Sindel’s ‘Territory Dreaming (Darwin Wooleybutt)’

  Another Borderliner to be be acknowledged was Lu Potter, for her beautiful mixed media drawing ‘They Closed the Little Shanty’

Showing her talent in poetry as well as the visual arts, was Borderliner Jean Braid, who won the Oracles Regional Award for her poem ‘The Lace Makers’, for Best Poetry from a Tenterfield & adjoining Shire resident.  The poetry was judged by Janie Conway-Herron, a senior lecturer in Creative Writing at Southern Cross University, Lismore.

The competition for Art Inspired by Poetry received 109 entries from across the Northern Tablelands, the North Coast and Queensland.

Congratulations to all involved.

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