Judge John Waldron stands in front of the open section winning entry in the Gold Rush Art Competition.
Judge John Waldron stands in front of the open section winning entry in the Gold Rush Art Competition. Craig Warhurst

Tamworth artist claims top prize

GOLD Rush Art Competition judge John Waldron said he was impressed with the standard of entries in the major Gympie art competition.

On Wednesday he chose the winner of the open section, Tamworth artist Robert Robertson’s Some Just Get Past, which attracted nearly 200 entries all vying for $3000 of prize money.

Mr Waldron said he chose the painting Some Just Get Past because it was intriguing and wasn’t photographic.

“There’s no doubt everyone will find something they love and debate that it should have won,” he said candidly about his choice and the standard of works on display.

The painting depicts a rural cricket game and Mr Waldron said he could imagine spectators watching the game on a sleepy afternoon and being awoken by the uproar of one getting past.

“You see a lot of the energy and activity of the players,” he said.

Mr Waldron, who manages the Sunshine Coast Regional gallery and museum, said there was some tough competition in the open section.

“Which is what we like.”

It was the experienced judge’s first time picking the winners at the Gold Rush Art Competition.

“These are terrific exhibitions to have, they bring in new artists, locals and attract entries from all over.”

Mr Waldron said he found the different categories interesting and noted there were some “good” sculptures.

The Gold Rush Art Competition’s official opening was held on Wednesday night, and the works entered can be viewed at the Gympie Regional Gallery until October 16.

Gallery manager Joolie Gibbs said there were nearly 400 entries for the competition this year and the artists were limited to one entry per section.

“We are very happy, there were some really good works this year,” she said and added that a majority of work was also up for sale.

The Gold Rush festival kicked off with the art competition on October 6 and is running right up until the big finale on Saturday October 16 – the Battle of the Bands, a street parade in Mary Street and a party for the whole family at Nelson Reserve later that evening.

Gympie Times


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