Tuesday Art Group with their quick preliminary sketches of Mayor Ron Dyne who sat for them in 2011.
Tuesday Art Group with their quick preliminary sketches of Mayor Ron Dyne who sat for them in 2011. Contributed

Sittings come to an end

INITIATED by the Tuesday Friends of the Gallery art group, the Andrew Fisher Portrait Prize Competition will officially open on Friday, March 2, at 6pm.

The competition requires Gympie artists to paint a portrait of a distinguished local man or woman.

Sponsored by the group and the Bendigo Bank, first prize will be awarded $1000, second prize is $300 and third, $200.

The prize is named after Andrew Fisher, who was born in 1862 in Scotland and worked at the goldfields in Gympie until the end of 1890.

According to an article by D. J. Murphy, "In July 1891 a branch of the Australian Labour Federation was formed at Gympie, with Fisher president. He was now one of the most significant members of the Gympie labour movement. Tall and well-built, with a long black moustache and sandy hair, he was confident and determined to succeed, but his manner was quiet and his approach conciliatory".

The Friends of the Gympie Regional Gallery art group meets in the workshop space in the gallery annex that is named after Fisher, so they decided to name the portrait prize after him.

Artists have been meeting with their chosen subjects over that past few months, collecting drawings and photographs to paint their portraits. It has been an exciting time for them, refining characteristics to depict their personality.

Late last year, Gympie Mayor Ron Dyne and his wife Dulcie each sat for the Tuesday Art Group, so it will be interesting to see what the outcome is from these sessions.

Gallery co-ordinator Joolie Gibbs said that being a community exhibition where the subject matter were locals, it would be interesting to see who the artists choose as "distinguished" in the community.

"There are a lot of colourful characters around town so we are expecting to see a colourful exhibition with a wide variety of subjects, mediums and techniques displayed," she said.

The Andrew Fisher Portrait Prize will be on view at the Gympie Regional Gallery at 39 Nash St until March 24.

Inquiries to Gympie Regional Gallery on 5481 0733.

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