Celebrating regional art
TO BE recognised alongside international peers is something many artists dream of.
For two Chinchilla artists, that dream became a reality after being shortlisted in the prestigious Stanthorpe Art Prize.
Helen Dennis and Kim Osburn both volunteer their time at the Lapunyah Art Gallery in Chinchilla, and entered the competition, which boasts $40,000 worth of prize money, earlier this year.
Mrs Dennis said for them both to be shortlisted was as incredible result, especially considering the gallery received more than 1600 submissions from artists in Australia and beyond.
"For two regional artists who volunteer at the same art gallery and that's just amazing that we got selected,” she said.
"It just really verifies that even though - I always say this - even though you live out in the regional area you can still compete, in this case it's on an international level,” Mrs Dennis said.
For Mrs Osburn, competitions like the Stanthorpe Art Prize are a chance to highlight the high standard of work done by regional and rural artists in the community.
"People are buying our works and coming to our gallery to look at the works that we've got exhibited, and the exhibits that we're putting up, including Dalby and Miles,” she said.
"(There's) a hugely diverse range of artists out this way, I don't thinks there's really any two that are alike, we all have our own little thing that we do.”
And Stanthorpe isn't the only town with art prizes, with Lapunyah Art Gallery gearing up for the '50 Shades' regional artists' exhibition.
Mrs Osburn explained the organisers didn't want artists to have to submit work focussed on a specific theme, and chose '50 Shades' as the exhibition topic to emphasise technique instead.
"We just decided to go with no limits at all, colour, shade, light, no light, just whatever you wanted to do, but something that involved shading in the work, it doesn't have to be black and white, it can be as bright as you like, just to show a multitude of different techniques,” Mrs Osburn said.
Mrs Dennis said the competition is open to anyone living or working in the Western Downs, and encouraged anyone interested to get involved.
"It's a great opportunity for our regional artists to show their artwork to the community,” she said.
More information is available at www.lapunyahartgallery. com/competitions