Reflections, prize presentation
Judges Emma MacGregor and Sue Victorson awarded the $1000 prize to the 16-year-old Mount St Michaels student for her work Through the Looking Glass of my Grandfather’s Eyes, lauding the work as “considered, well-executed and very mature for such a young person”.
“I had to encourage her to enter,” Judith said of her talented granddaughter.
Olivia’s black and white painting beat artworks from a broad range including three-dimensional works, jewelry and textile and fibre.
McGregor commended all artists on their bravery in putting their works forward to be critiqued and judged.
She said artists working at the grassroots level are producing Australia’s heirloom crafts, preserving our cultural identity and preventing us from becoming a generic world.
McGregor encouraged the audience to support the artists where it counts; with their credit cards.
“If you see something you love, don’t be shy,” she said. “It’s much better than anything bought in China.”