ART GRAND CHAMPION: Art section convenor Maree Kelly congratulates Michelle Rapley, of Binnaway, on being awarded grand champion for her drawing titled ‘Moving Forward’.

By Dylan Smith:

A striking drawing has claimed the top prize in the Gunnedah Show art exhibition.

Exceptional quality was on show in this year’s display which is a much-loved fixture on the show programme.

Guests filled the pavilion for the announcement of winners at the Friday evening celebration.

Art section convenor Maree Kelly congratulated entrants on the array of works on display.

This year’s exhibition boasted 168 entries, with Tamworth artist Joanne Stead officiating as the judge.

Michelle Rapley, of Binnaway, was named as this year’s grand champion for her drawing titled ‘Moving Forward’.

“A striking work with a great drawing technique capturing the shadows and details just right and a strong composition,” the judge’s comments read.

Ronny Long, holding his entry Blackjack Gully II, claimed second place in the sculpture section.

Gunnedah Show art results:

Section 7. Novice.
First: Jorja Kemp, 709 A Boy’s Best Friend.
Second: David McKenzie, 716 Windy Day.
Highly commended: Alice Nichols, 718 Rolling Pin, Catherine Lemon, 711 In the Paddock.

Section 6. Creative pottery.
First: Jenny Mathews, 619 Three Way Vase.
Second: Annie Simson, 631 Twig Vase.
Highly commended: Geoff Dawson, 611 Meteor Crater Bowl, Louise Baker, 602 Bimble Box Platter.

Section 5. ‘Our Place’
First: Marion Manson, 512 Going Home.
Second: Louise Hill, 504 Gunnedah Galah.
Highly commended: Max Lee, 509 Early Morning, Geoff Norris, 515 Sunset, Mimbil School Piallaway.

Section 4. Sculpture.
First: David Riley, 405 Pelican.
Second: Ronny Long, 404
Blackjack Gully II.
Highly commended: Jen Long, 402 Lord Howe Dreaming.

Section 3. Printmaking
First: Kristie Farquhar, 302 Curious Curlew.
Second: Anne Knight, 307 Wild Flowers.
Highly commended: Louise Hill, 305 Poppy Noir.

Section 2. Drawing.
First: Cathy Carson, 202 Look up.
Second: Christopher McKenzie, 217 Dry Reins.
Highly commended: Elsa Hudson, 204 Together, Jye McGarry, 216 DC Comics II.

Section 1. Painting.
First: Geoff Barlow, 103 Billabong Dawn.
Second: Fonda Shae , 112 Still Life with Cherries (on copper).
Highly commended: Helen Stanley, 132 Galah Whisphers, Belinda Stead, 133 Bottles.
Grand champion.
Michelle Rapley, 223 Moving Forward.

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