Drawing Mist joins Council’s Art Collection


Bass Coast Shire Council has added Kerry Spokes’ drawing Mist to the Your Art Collection (YAC) after she was awarded the top prize at the YAC exhibition launch last Friday night.

Winning the award for the second year running, Ms Spokes’ artwork was a standout for the judging panel due to its “atmospheric feeling of the region”.

Judge, Robert Lindsay, praised the artwork of all four finalists and said the collection on display at the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre featured “the best of the best”.

At the launch attended by around 40 guests, Mr Lindsay also spoke about the importance of art in community.

“It builds social capital, and this cannot be underestimated, in creating a sense of place and diminishing anti-social behaviour,” Mr Lindsay said.

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Kimberley Brown, officially opened the exhibition and congratulated the artists and community groups involved in the YAC Awards during the year.

“The volunteers from Wonthaggi Art Space have done a wonderful job hanging the show and assisting at the opening, and I’d also like to thank the Bass Coast Artists’ Society for the use of the art screens,” Cr Brown said.

“Of course, I’d also like to congratulate the artists on winning YAC Awards at art shows throughout the past 12 months and all of the artworks on display tonight are fantastic – I’m not sure how the judges were able to choose just one!”

The exhibition continues until 9 September, with the winning work to be displayed in the Civic Centre Wonthaggi foyer following the exhibition.