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‘Hot Summer Day’ by Deborah Lyons is the Open Section winner of the Lower Clarence Arts and Crafts Association’s Annual 8×8 Small Works Exhibition.

Third time lucky for art exhibition

Unforseen circumstances have dogged the Lower Clarence Arts and Crafts Association’s annual 8×8 Small Works Exhibition, however, winners were finally announced at the Ferry Park Gallery over the weekend.

In 2020, the exhibition was hung and ready to open when the Covid lockdown hit. More recently, the current exhibition, A Moment in Time, was again ready to open to the public, but last month’s flood inundated the car park. Fortunately, it was a brief postponement and the prize winners were announced on Friday evening, April 9 at the gallery. Deborah Lyons was announced as the winner with her mixed media work, ‘Hot Summer Day’.

Second went to Maria Paul with ‘Whispers’ and Miriam Heron was third with ‘Bath time’. Works by Rebecca Smith and Bernard Hides were highly commended; and the Packer’s Prize went to Leigh Dennis for ‘Early Morning’. Kerrie Spiers from Yamba Art Space, who judged the 143 Open entries, praised the visual and symbolic stories expressed. “My final choices [were] based on artistic expression, a sense of place and time [and] an overall moment of connection,” she said.

Winners from the 33 Junior and Youth entries were judged by Lynne Gehrke and Jean Versace and announced on Saturday April 10. First Prize in the 4-7 yrs section went to Ella Moar for ‘Gymnastics’, second went to Harry Benfield with ‘Rainbow’ and third was ‘My Dream of a Mermaid in Coral’. Works by Pearl Grant and Eviana Venneri were highly commended. In the 8-11 yrs Charlie Ryan was first with ‘Come Closer’, second was Ruby Versace with ‘Black and White Axolotl’ and Frankie Grant third with ‘New Life’. Mitchell Kelly and Nikirri Thwaites were both highly commended.

First Prize in the 12-16 yrs section went to Zoe Rayward with ‘Not a Puppy Anymore’; second place was Ryan Stout with ‘Rope Swing’ and third was Phoenix Magnay with ‘444’.
Works by Luna Philip and Macey Smith were highly commended. The exhibition, which is on exhibition until May 1, is held in conjunction with the Plunge Festival – Grafton Regional Gallery and the Plunge Festival provided the Covid safe catering for the 70 people attending. All works in the Open Section are for sale with a maximum price $300. More photos are available on Ferry Park Gallery website and socials.

Lower Clarence Arts and Crafts Association Inc (LCACA) is a not for profit community organisation promoting and showcasing artisans of the Clarence Valley. LCACA opened Ferry Park Gallery in 1993 for members to display and sell their work. LCACA welcomes new members to join us as an exhibitor or volunteer to work in our gallery. Ferry Park Gallery is on Big River Way, and easily accessed from the Maclean Interchange on the Pacific Motorway.

The Gallery has a COVID Safety Plan and is managed by our members and open 7 days from 9am – 4pm.
For more details. Phone: 66453700 Email: [email protected] Web: Socials: Facebook and Instagram.