Major prizes inspire exhibition

The Sunshine Coast’s Pam Walpole with her work Dusk at Menindee.
The Sunshine Coast’s Pam Walpole with her work Dusk at Menindee.

Coolum artist Pam Walpole will take part in an exhibition of paintings by Sunshine Coast artists who entered their work in this year’s Archibald, Wynne, Moran or Sulman prizes.

The exhibition at Noosa Blue Resort until July 16 offers artists the opportunity to sell their paintings, showcase their art and also a chance to win the first prize of $2000 and a People’s Choice prize of $500.

Pam entered her painting, Dusk at Menindee, in this year’s Wynne Prize – the landscape section connected to the Archibald.

A keen observer of the landscape who loves to combine travel with sketching, the Sunshine Coast artist travelled to inland Australia, covering the western Queensland section to Innaminka, then south along the Strzelecki track to the Flinders Ranges, north along the Oodnadatta Track, then back via Broken Hill.

But it was the Menindee Lakes that took her fancy.

She said the peaceful deserted lakeside with submerged river gums that looked “like a calligraphy ink painting”, inspired her to paint.

“We camped where Burke and Wills camped in 1860 on their trek north,” she said.

“When the sun set, the whole scene changed, with the orange pink sky reflected in the still water – (it’s) a beautiful spot I’ll never forget.”

Marcoola’s Mitchell McIntyre will also be represented.

Mitchell entered his oil on canvas, titled 14, of Sarah McIntyre in the Moran Prize.

The $2000 Prize Award will be selected by a panel of four judges and will be announced at the awards evening tonight (Friday), starting at 5 pm. Entry fee to the presentation function is $15 and $12.50 for Noosa Federation of the Arts members.

A $500 people’s choice prize will be awarded at the conclusion of the exhibition on July 16. Patrons can cast their vote during the exhibition. Entry is $5.

This is a chance to view the work of some of the Sunshine Coast’s most talented artists, and the only opportunity to see their entries in the one exhibition.

The artists have invited their portrait subjects to tonight’s awards evening which will allow the public to not only enjoy the art but to also meet the artists and their subjects.

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