Mortimore artworks on view

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 07-Jun-2013

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Drawing landscape, figurative painting, waterscape, still life and even surrealism.
Fifty works of art from the Mortimore Art Prize are on show this weekend at Dudley House in View Street.
Now in its eighth year, the prize was set up by Dubbo-based art-lover Mike Coward, to fill what he perceived is a gap in the award-landscape.
“I didn’t think this type of art was getting enough opportunity to be seen by the public,” Mr Coward said.
“The public has responded, too, so we are giving quality the chance to shine.”
The award is currently open to Australia and New Zealand, but Mr Coward has planned to go international.
It’s judged in each category, with an overall winner, and although there are more than 150 paintings chosen as finalists each year, Dubbo is the only venue where the entire competition is represented.
In Bendigo, local artist Aime Sacrez has a work on show, and the work by overall winner, Tricia Reust, is also part of the exhibition.
Mr Coward said the prize is named after his friend, Peter Mortimore, a realist artist based in Dubbo.
He said it has grown each year, as artists become aware of the opportunity to showcase their work nationally.
The Mortimore Art Prize tours to four capital cities and up to eight venues in regional Australia.
It will be at Dudley House until Monday, entry $5.

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