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Outback Archies Entries Challenge and Inspire

Image caption: L-R Bruce Lynch, Katherine McInroy, Murdi Paaki representative Joan Evans, Prue Cullen, Outback Arts RADO Jamie-Lea Hodges, Coonamble Mayor Allan Karanouh, Anna Kaineder and Lisa Wheeler

Entries for this year’s Outback Archies of Landscape, Legends and Lifelines challenged and inspired the judges, with the winning works representing the fantastic talent to be found in the communities according to Outback Arts Regional Arts Development Officer, Jamie-Lea Hodges.

Held annually, the exhibition features artworks from across Western NSW in the three sections of open art (painting, drawing, etching), photography and digital art as well as 3D/sculpture.

Ms Hodges said in the fourth year of the competition the judges were presented with many different styles and techniques so the judging was a difficult process and the winners reflected the diversity of styles.

First place in the Open Art section was Bruce Lynch of Warren for Reclining Kangaroo a pastel on paper work, whilst second place was awarded to Lisa Wheeler of Coonamble for State of Presence – Paperbark Series for a set of ink etchings.

In photography, Coonamble-local Katherine McInroy won with her photograph illuminated by light Décor by Sand and Sun. Second place went to Mardi Remond of Walgett for Boorooma Shearing I.

The 3D/sculpture category was won by Prue Cullen of Coonamble for ceramic sculptures Pods. Second place was taken by Elizabeth Gruber-Magnusson for her opal & egg sculpture ‘mergence.

Aboriginal artist Johanna Parker won the award for Most Outstanding Indigenous Artist for her artwork We are Watching, Anna Kaineder of Coonamble won the Landscapes and Lifelines Award for her three-piece ceramic bowl set titled ‘andscape Trio and Katherine McInroy won the People’s Choice Award for her photography Décor by Sand and Sun.

Ms Hodges said the aim was to showcase artists in a regional setting and provide an opportunity for local artists to be involved in a touring exhibition across the Outback Arts and Orana Arts communities.

‘We hope that every one will appreciate the high calibre and creative diversity of the works chosen,’ she said.

‘More importantly, we couldn’t have done this without the support of the community, the artists and our sponsors. Organisations such as the Murdi Paaki, Coonamble Shire Council & NSW Farmers Association and many more are the reason we can continue to hold this exhibition.

‘Our communities are the reason we have this opportunity to showcase the diverse talents from across NSW.’

The winning artworks will have a subsequent tour with the works on exhibition at 2828 Gallery and Café in Gulargambone from 7 – 30 October , Dubbo Fire Station Arts Centre from 7 November  before travelling to Walgett Shire Library to exhibit from November to December, Back O’Bourke Exhibition Centre from December to mid January. Venues in Cobar and Warren are in negotiation.