Artist carts home a still life winner

A PAINTING of a shopping trolley has taken out the Eutick Memorial Still Life Award (EMSLA), rolling ahead of more than 300 entries in the coveted local art prize this year.

'Be Still, My Shopping Cart' netted artist Laurie Mossuto $10,000 after the piece won the top EMSLA on Friday night, while Renee Bolten's 'Tomato On Bread' won the $5000 Regional Artists Prize.

Leonard Aitken's 'Surface Tension 1' scored the Local Government Area Prize, 'When It's Over I Don't Want To Wonder' by Andrew Forsythe was Highly Commended and Carol McLagan's 'Eggplant' won her the $500 Salon des Refuses award.

Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery director/curator, Dr Leigh Summers, said it was wonderful to see so many entries in this year's EMSLA.

“It enjoyed a phenomenal inaugural response in 2007 and, since then, there has been an unprecedented amount of interest in the Award,” Dr Summers said.

The EMSLA is the gallery's own prize for still life artists and promotes excellence and innovation in Australian still life.

The $10,000 EMSLA prize is funded by gallery benefactor Dr Mal Eutick, and the judges for this year's prizes were gallery directors Jude McBean and Steve Bush, and art critic John McDonald.

The gala opening of the Award on Friday night marked the start of the inaugural EMSLA Arts Festival, which runs until this Friday.

“This is a very exciting development that will see some of Australia's best regarded chamber music artistes performing among the award-winning EMSLA exhibits,” Dr Summers said.

To book for the concerts, call 6648 4863 between 10am and 4pm.

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