Your Art Collection exhibits award winning artists

Artworks by three award-winning artists will be on display at the Corinella and District Community Centre as part of the 2016 Your Art Collection (YAC) exhibition running from 3 to 11 September.

Having won Your Art Collection awards throughout the year at various art shows, 12 artworks by Diana Edwards, Ursula Theinert and Adrian Johnson will form the exhibition, with one piece chosen to join Bass Coast Shire Council’s art collection.

Ms Edwards won two awards this year, from the Inverloch Art Show and the Corinella and District Community Centre Traditional Art Show, and has been painting and drawing for more than forty years, regularly conducting workshops.

“What inspires me and draws me to paint any given subject is the light; this is what gives the magic to a subject,” Ms Edwards said.

“It can be a landscape, boats in a harbour or a busy street. Light transforms something ordinary into something extraordinary.”

Ms Theinert won her award at the Artist’s Society of Phillip Island Cup Weekend Exhibition and has been been exhibiting her art since 2004. She has many of her portraits exhibited in the Hidden Faces of the Archibald.

“The paintings are part of the RE-enchantment Series inspired by surviving the Black Saturday fires,” Ms Theinert said.

“My fascination with trees relates to the mythological traditions of the ‘World Tree’, which is about contact between the mundane and the divine; the forms of striving branches, contorted forms of struggle and mystical groves.”

Mr Johnson won his award at the Bass Coast Artist’s Society Easter Exhibition. He began his painting journey in the early eighties and has won many awards over the years.

“I try to achieve a determined work practice to help solve problems that may arise during the painting process,” Mr Johnson said.

“Varying my technique and subject throws up many challenges. I believe working in this manner improves my development as a landscape painter.”

Three industry professionals and this year’s judges, Penny Teale, Deb Milligan and Laurie Collins, will select the winning piece to be announced at the opening of the exhibition on Friday, 2 September.

Ms Teale is the Senior Curator at the McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery and has worked in Museum and Gallery positions since 1994.

Ms Milligan is a contemporary visual artist and has worked as a Creative Arts Facilitator for Regional Arts Victoria from 2006 to 2016.

Mr Collins has worked in the arts since 1988, and after teaching for 30 years has retired to work full time on his sculptures and run a gallery in Jindivick.

The Art Show committee at Corinella and District Community Centre will be hosting this year’s exhibition, which will be open on weekdays from 10.00am until 4.00pm and on weekends from 10.00am until 3.00pm.