Entrants to the Mosman Park Art Awards are asked to draw, paint, sculpt and photograph their unique interpretations of the local area. This year, the Town of Mosman Park received over 420 colourful junior entries and 200 extremely diverse art and photographic entries, making the 2012 Art Awards one of the best yet. The judges of the eight different entry categories faced a difficult task in choosing winners, as there was such an amazing standard of work submitted
Joanne George’s winning artwork, “Santa Maria”
After much consideration and deliberation, it was Joanne George’s mixed three-dimensional artwork titled “Santa Maria” that took home top prize and $4,000 in the Open Art category. Inspired by the large amounts of “paraphernalia” she observed on boats in Mosman Bay, George collected the many trinkets that now comprise her winning artwork from old sheds, garage sales and swap meets. It was this use of everyday things that attracted the judges to George’s work, as her artistic use of “found objects” gave the piece “a lovely and naive sense of humour.”
Susie Marwick with her Second Prize sculpture, “Mossie Park Mates”
Second prize went to Susie Marwick for her sculpture of two seagulls titled “Mossie Park Mates.” Using a piece of driftwood found on the Mosman Bay foreshore as the base for her sculpture, judges commented that Marwick’s piece was “beautifully balanced with a nice combination of found and handmade objects.”
Dorothy Imgrund and her painting “The Café, River & Park”
Third prize was awarded to Dorothy Imgrund for her colourful acrylic painting of everyday icons of Mosman Park in “The Café, River & Park,” while a Highly Commended award was presented to Shana James for her bold and beautifully pointed artwork “Thinking Differently in this Space.
A High Commendation was also awarded to Shana James for her bold and beautifully pointed artwork “Thinking Differently in the Space.”
Diana Currie’s First Prize photograph titled “Have a Good Day Beautiful”
In the Open Photographic category, Diana Currie won the $1,000 first prize for her intimate photograph of her daughter leaving for school titled “Have a Good Day Beautiful.” The photograph was described by judges Dale Neill and Abigail Harman to be a “thoughtfully composed narrative” that captured the moment wonderfully through the subtle details of the photograph.
Second place went to Melinda Ison-Poor for her photograph of a woman watching the sun setting over the ocean titled “Monumental.”
In the Youth Encouragement Art category, judges faced an arduous decision, as they felt each and every entry was award-worthy. After time-consuming deliberation, First Place was awarded to Ally Basan for her “sharp, clear and well-structured” painting titled “Mosman Park Vet,” while a Highly Commended prize was given to Tessa Harris for her harmonic use of textures and colours in her depiction of the local business, “Realm.”
In the Youth Encouragement Photographic section, Michelle Lee received First Prize for her highly dynamic and contrasting photograph “Fun,” while Alex Churchill-Gray was awarded a Highly Commended prize for “A Pool on Wellington Street.” This year, a Photographic Encouragement Award sponsored by Quattro Framers was also awarded to an amateur photographer who showed great potential in their submission. This prize was given to Isobel Ciemitis for her untitled underwater photograph.
Mia B-D Laing with her People’s Choice Award winning painting “Look Before You Leap”
Votes for the People’s Choice Award have also been counted. With a significant percentage of the votes, Mia B-D Laing's oil on canvas painting titled "Look Before You Leap" is the official winner of $500 thanks to William Porteous of W Porteous International. In her realistic portrayal of three girls looking for jelly fish before they leap into the Swan River, Laing comments she was trying to capture the "natural curiosity and joy" that children find in the "everyday surrounds of life."
The colourful junior section of the exhibition was once again a crowd favourite, with submissions from local schools including Mosman Park Primary, Mosman Park Pre-Primary, Mosman Park Kindergarten, Cottesloe Primary, St Hilda’s Junior School and Iona Presentation Primary School. Each submission was placed in one of four categories based on age, with a 1st Prize, 2nd Prize and two Commendations awarded in each. Congratulations to the following Junior winners:
4 Years and Under:
1st Prize – Sophie Hall, “At the Park”
2nd Prize – Cooper Scott, “Cooper & Ollie at the Playground”
Commendation – Maxwell Allen, “Fishing on the River”
Commendation – Sara Celikovic, “The Playground near the River”
7 Years and Under:
1st Prize – James Mahaffy, “Kookaburra Family”
2nd Prize – Elodie Mazza, “Me at School”
Commendation – Isabel Newlands, “Wok N Roll”
Commendation – Emma Lamond, “My Garden”
10 Years and Under:
1st Prize – Peggy Wotherspoon, “At the River”
2nd Prize – Cameron Davis, “Mini-Clips of Mosman Park”
Commendation – Georgia Alice Jade Maslen, “The River – Mosman Bay”
Commendation – Lillia Kono, “My School”
13 Years and Under:
1st Prize – Jeannie Wotherspoon, “Tiger”
2nd Prize – Gabriel Tiamzon, “The Gun Turret”
Commendation – Jade Imgrund, “Sunset over Mosman Beach”
Commendation – Ben Baxter, “A Shell Hidden Depths”
Approximately 250 people attended the awards presentation and exhibition opening on Saturday 19 May at Camelot in Mosman Park. A further 334 people attended the exhibition throughout the week. Several exhibition-goers snapped up their own piece of Mosman Park, with 17 purchases ranging in price from $25 to $4,800.
A special thank you goes out to our judges for this year’s Art Award and Exhibition:
Norah Ohrt (Perth Galleries), Jánis Nedéla (Galerie Dusseldorf) and Greg Manzie (Glyde Galleries)
Dale Neill and Abigail Harman
Rhyll Wilson (MosArts), Anna Willoughby (MosArts), Emily Moran (Mosman Park Youth Advisory Council) and Guy Coleman (Mosman Park Youth Advisory Council).
The Town of Mosman Park strives to make each Art Award better than the last. What did you like about this year’s Art Award? What would you like to see in the future? Any feedback related to the 2012 Mosman Park Art Award and Exhibition would be greatly appreciated. Please send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.