Champion exhibit The Meeting by Sawtell artist Shellie Kelly.
Champion exhibit The Meeting by Sawtell artist Shellie Kelly.

Dark horse wins the Lillipilli



A DARK horse took out the major award in the Coffs Harbour Lillipilli Art and Craft Exhibition on Friday. The work wasn't in the catalogue and the artist was interstate, but the judges had no trouble finding Shellie Kelly's painting, The Meeting, and awarding it the exhibition's $1000 Champion prize. n from Page 1

Ms Kelly, speaking from her brother's houseboat on the Murray River in South Australia yesterday, said she was 'absolutely knocked out' by the win. "I didn't expect any viewer to appreciate it from my perspective," she said. The semi-abstract painting in acrylics and washes with layers of graphite was not about a particular personal meeting, but more about the beauty and power of communication, the artist said. The president of the Woolgoolga Art Group, Guy Guthrie, said the absence of the painting from the catalogue, where it should have been No 34, was doubly unfortunate because it was due to 'the only proof reading glitch we have been able to find'. Ms Kelly, an art educator and former public programs officer for Coffs Harbour City Gallery, has been a long-time supporter of this annual exhibition. In the past she has encouraged her students to enter and has also acted as a judge. She said the exhibition was important because it was one of the few in NSW that offered such a broad range of categories. A total of 326 works in 22 categories were entered in the exhibition, with winners of the $11,000 in prizes selected by eight judges, who each concentrated on their areas of expertise before joining forces as a panel to select the champion work. A big crowd of sponsors and art lovers joined Woolgoolga Art Group for the opening, a new beginning for exhibition co-ordinators Verona Lucas, Geoff Webby and their team, with a new format, new name and new venue for the 2006 show. The exhibition, at the Coffs Harbour Showground's Jordan Pavilion, will remain on show daily from 10am to 5pm until May 7. Entry is $5 a person, but is free for exhibitors and children under 12.



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