Winner ... Shellie Kelly's 'Stevie Jacobs Weather Or Not' took out the 2009 Coffs Harbour City Council Portrait Prize.
Winner ... Shellie Kelly's 'Stevie Jacobs Weather Or Not' took out the 2009 Coffs Harbour City Council Portrait Prize. Coffs Coast Advocate

Portrait prize a thrill for artist

COFFS Coast artists Shellie Kelly is 'thrilled' at winning the 2009 Coffs Harbour City Council Portrait Prize.

Her entry -'Stevie Jacobs Weather Or Not'- was chosen as the outstanding entry by judge, Charmaine McNamara of the Lake Russell Gallery.

“I was totally thrilled, it was marvellous,” Shellie said.

She took home a prize of $1000 for her efforts, and said the competition is a great forum for local artists.

“It's not a selective competition so it gives everyone a chance and you get a wonderful smattering of pictures of friends, relatives and film stars. It's a showcase of people's lives in Coffs Harbour,” she said.

The Bunker Cartoon Gallery, which hosts the competition, received around 60 entries for this year's prize.

'Michael Casey' by Adrienne Casey won one of the two $200 Sponsor's Prizes, donated by Estuary Residential Estate at Moonee. The other Sponsor's Prize was awarded to Chris Hundt for 'Harold Turner'.

'Barry' by Doug Ransom was Highly Commended, as was 'Pablo' by Yvonne Warren. Both artists received prizes generously donated by Celebrations Liquor at the Jetty.

“Again, we had a very good response to the Portrait Prize and the standard was very high,” co-ordinator of the Bunker Cartoon Gallery, Louise Rawson-Harris, said.

“The exhibition remains open until June 6, and there's still time for people to pick their favourite for the People's Choice Award.”

The Gallery in John Champion Way off Hogbin Drive is open Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 4pm.



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