Smart Arts take out local show exhibit
SHOW Whitunday featured about 250 artworks on display, with local art studio Smart Arts taking out 49 of the 50 awards in 14 different catergories.
"I heard some fantastic feedback about how the level of quality in the art show now is the best it has ever been," Smart Arts owner Suzi Hancock-Janicki said.
"There are some seriously talented artists here. The juniors sections were the most impressive, the judge couldn't believe some of the teens artworks on display.
"Its great to see new artists emerging every year, it keeps us on our toes."
Independent judge Pam Finlay called the competition one of the Show's best yet.
A phenomenal portrait of Stevie Wonder by Bek Roberts reported on in last week's Whitsunday Times took out first place in the "music" category, with Ms Roberts ultimately named Champion of the Show.
Teen artist Lauren Teys took out first in the junior theme category, placed first in the teens section and was crowned junior Champion of the Show. Sandra Hinschen placed third in the contemporary category.
Ms Hancock-Janicki took out a first place herself in the minatures category.
Ms Hancock-Janicki has also received a letter of offer from Whitsunday Regional Council for a grant of $5000 to put towards a new Annual Whitsunday Regional Art Show in October.
"This is very exciting news for us, I am hoping that by its second year it will be a bigger show than other regional exhibitions like Sarina and Mackay," Ms Hancock-Janicki said. "We have such a beautiful town; I want to make a difference so let's hope we can fill hotel rooms and restaurants."