You be the judge

DON'T know much about art, but know what you like?

You can be the judge and cast your vote for the $1000 People's Choice Award at the 2004 Bellingen Art Prize exhibition, which is now on display in the Bellingen Memorial Hall.

Dorrigo painter Chris Hundt took out the Prize's richest award yesterday, when the judges awarded her the $5000 Lynch Prize for Landscape.

The Lynch Prize is given for the landscape painting which best captures the spirit of the Bellingen Shire.

The exhibition, which is run by the Bellingen Commu- nity Arts Council, will remain on display from 10am to 4pm daily until October 9.

Ms Brewin said there were 148 works on show in the exhibition and because this year the entry conditions had specified a limited of one work per artist, the quality of the exhibition was definitely up.

"It is exciting to see the energy people are putting into their works," Ms Brewin said.

Last year's winner of the Lynch Prize, Coffs Coast artist Sima Kokaev, is also exhibiting this year.

As well as the Lynch Prize, the exhibition offers two $1000 prizes, for a three dimensional work and for a work by an Arts Council member and two $500 Youth prizes as well as a $250 Country Energy Youth Encouragement Award.

The judges for this year's Bellingen Art Prize were the director of the Grafton Art Gallery, Jude McBean; the director of the Tamworth Art Gallery, Brian Langer and Hungry Head ceramicist and visual artist May Southgate.

The 3D Prize went to Carol Forster; the Member's Prize to Jan Paul; the Youth Under 14 Prize to Amelia Brewin; Youth 15-21 years to Rose Moody and the Youth Encouragement Award to Daniel Murphy.

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