Local talents impress at art exhibition

NARACOORTE Regional Art Gallery celebrated the creative talents of locals last week.

The "Ibis Rising" non-acquisitive art prize exhibition was officially opened on Friday with an evening of drinks and nibbles.

Gallery board member Kay Hole led the formalities before handing over to Naracoorte Lucindale Council chief executive officer Dr Helen Macdonald who judged the entries.

"I think it is incredibly important that the creative culture of the community is expressed and fostered," Dr Macdonald said.

"It is great when the gallery has a competition and that so many people take the time to exhibit their work.

"It really was a privilege (to judge)...certainly walking around I saw pieces by people that I didn't even know were engaged in art."

First prize in the two-dimensional category went to Julie Kent for her piece titled "Love".

Dr Macdonald said it was "very powerful" with its abstract composition and sense of movement.

In the three-dimensional section there was a diverse range of entries making it difficult to judge, but in the end Dr Macdonald awarded the prize to Liz Reed's "Traces of a Past Life".

"It has extremely subtle composition and layering," Dr Macdonald said.

"It has given me a renewed appreciation of working with copper sheets and the colour is incredible.

"You can stand and look at the piece for a long time and still not get it all."

The final category was photography which Steve Bourne took out with his image of an ibis rookery taken at Bool Lagoon in 2013.

Highly commended pieces were Meg Fry's "Kimberley", Dagney Strand's "Autumn Beach Walk", Jo Fife's "Fertility", Robyn Schinckel's "Let there be light" and James Leake's "Road back piece #1".

The "Ibis Rising" exhibition will remain on display at the gallery until the end of July.