Novocastrian artists step up for Laman Street Art Prize

NOVOCASTRIAN artists entered paintings, drawings and sculptures in the Laman Street Art Prize, set up to commemorate the loss of the Laman Street fig trees.

The theme was Nature Remembered and local artists were invited to enter artworks from mediums that represented thought-provoking imaginative interpretations on the theme.

Winners were Leslie Duffin, of Tingira Heights, for her ceramic piece The Faceless Men, and Jane Robinson, of Redhead, for a fibre-artwork entitled Synergy.

They took home $2500 each.

Duffin said she was blown away by the artworks and believed the judges had a tough job.

"My work was really about the controversy of the Laman Street figs and the faceless men represent the council people behind it all," she said.

Robinson's piece had a community feel.

The Emerging Artist prize was awarded to Valentine resident Jessica Kellar for Rodriguez, a charcoal and pastel piece on paper.

All three artworks were sold on the opening night, January 24.

The fourth prize - the People's Choice award - will give the exhibition's visitors a chance to vote.

The winner will be announced on closing night, this Sunday, February 9.

■ Nature Remembered runs until Sunday at Back to Back Galleries, 57 Bull Street, Cooks Hill.

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