Lillipilli Art and Craft on again

COFFS Harbour’s 2011 Lillipilli Art and Craft Exhibition opens on Friday night at the Coffs Harbour Showground’s Norm Jordan Pavilion.

The 2011 Lillipilli has attracted 462 entries spread over 22 sections.

Entries will be unpacked and hung on Thursday and the judging will take place on Friday morning ahead of the official opening and presentation of prizes from 7pm on Friday, with the official opening at 7.30pm.

In addition to the announcement of the $1000 Grand Champion prize winner, first and second prizes will be presented in most sections.

The exhibition offers prize money of $13,500.

From Saturday the exhibition will be open from 9.30am to 4pm daily during the school holidays until Easter Sunday, April 24, when the exhibition will close at 2pm.

Visitors can vote for the winner of the $500 People’s Choice Award, which will be finalised on April 24 and can also take tickets in a number of raffles, with prizes including two paintings by well-known local artist Marie Matthews and an Australiana quilt created by the members of the Woolgoolga Art Group quilters.

The quilt features nine panels of Australian scenes from the outback to the rainforest.

Exhibition publicity officer Barry Bloor said the exhibition’s painting sections were always popular with exhibitors and the watercolour section had been particularly well-supported this year.

Other sections with increased entries this year include ceramics and photography.

The judges for the 2011 exhibition are Paul Bennie for photography; Lisa Magri for ceramics, mosaics and sculpture; Sandra McMahon for painting and other art forms; Karen Jiort for fibre craft; Geoff McSkimming for youth awards and Graham Patterson for wood turning and furniture.

Each judge selects winners and placegetters in their sections and all the winners are then assessed by the full panel of judges for the Grand Champion award.

As well as enjoying the work on display, the exhibition provides a rare opportunity to buy works of art and handcrafted pieces from a wide range of artists and craftspeople, with many exhibits from talented makers very well priced.

Entry to the exhibition is $5 and Friday’s official opening entry is $10.

This is the 26th year this diverse exhibition has been mounted in Coffs Harbour by the busy Woolgoolga Art Group, which will celebrate its 40th anniversary next year.

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