Opening of new art exhibition celebrating 20 years of Hinchinbrook Regional Arts

Hinchinbrook Regional Art’s latest exhibition ‘Cardwell Gallery – 20 years.

Hinchinbrook Regional Arts held a grand opening of their new exhibition titled ‘Cardwell Gallery – 20 years’ on Friday night, July 2, to celebrate their 20th anniversary. 

Almost one hundred guests attended the opening, which featured artworks from the Cassowary Coast and Ingham communities. “We believe that art and culture are the heart and soul of the community,” said Noel Treharne, President of Hinchinbrook Regional Arts. Guests were served beverages while they perused the beautiful art pieces and had the opportunity to vote on their favorite artwork. The People’s Choice Award will be drawn on Sunday night, July 11. The exhibition will be displayed for two years, whilst smaller exhibitions will be put on display in the Cardwell library once a month, sometimes featuring a particular artist and occasionally a range of art within a theme. 

An Awards Ceremony was held which was opened by Marcia Jerry giving the Welcome to Country. Young budding artists also had their work shown in the exhibition and received awards. 

“I would particularly like to note the children’s participation. It was fantastic, and the fact that so many of them entered and so many of them came on the night was really rewarding to see,” said Libby Clegg, Publicity Officer and Committee member at Hinchinbrook Regional Arts. “That’s what we are all about, trying to get the community and, particularly the young people, involved in art.” 

Usually, the Exhibition is open to entrants all over Australia, however due to COVID-19, Hinchinbrook Regional Arts decided to keep it local. 

“The quality of the art was outstanding,” said Treharne. 

“Normally the art prize is open to the whole of Australia, but because of COVID this year, we decided to make it a particular event for the Cassowary Coast and make it for local artists only,” Clegg advised. “We were overwhelmed by the response, A: by the sponsors, and B: by the entrants. It has been absolutely fantastic.” 

The evening was made possible thanks to sponsorship by the Cassowary Coast Regional Council (CCRC), the Bendigo Bank, and many local Cardwell businesses. 

“The sponsorship allowed us to increase the overall prize,” said Treharne. “It went up from 600 to 1000 dollars.” 

“The response from local businesses was outstanding,” said Clegg. 

The SES provided a marquee for the Awards Ceremony, the CCRC provided the chairs, and delicious food was provided by local Cardwell chef, Jane Emmerson. 

The exhibition was three months in the making by the hardworking volunteers at Hinchinbrook Regional Arts. 

“We were so overwhelmed by the number of people who came,” said Clegg. “We were really delighted.” 

The event was family friendly, and one family in attendance had four generations present.

 “It is all about the community at the end of the day,” Treharne said.

Prize Winners

Overall Winner: 

David Rowe – Walking Away

A  –  Hung Works:

1st  Deb Clancy – Horseshoe Bay Bowen

2nd Jason Taylor – Cardwell Barra Catching

Highly Commended:

David Rowe – The Treasure & The Betrayed

B  –  New media:

1st Mitch A Lynn – Isolation Still Life #18

2nd Buck Richardson – Birds of Paradise

Highly Commended:

Buck Richardson – Room for Magic Moths Lanterns

C  –  Sculpture & Objects

1st Kimyka Wells – Family

2nd David Rowe – Galactic Eye

Highly recommended:

Jane Milanovic – Life in The Valley

D  –  Youth Secondary

1st Charles McCullagh – Self Portrait

2nd  Charles McCullagh – Bush Power

E  –  Youth Primary

1st Charlie Manno – Kimberly Fishing

2nd Jordan Manno – Island Design

Highly Commended:

Nate Ihle – Frog on a Leaf

Special Mention – Kennedy State School

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