WHEN Vicki Rieder won her first art and craft competition on Friday, she was torn between attending the prize-giving and looking after diners in her waitressing job.
But an understanding boss meant she was able to collect the $1000 prize-money in the Coffs Harbour Lillipilli Art and Craft competition.
“It had to be a woman that put that thing together, a male wouldn’t have had the patience,” said State Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser MP, when presenting the Lillipilli grand champion prize.
Scraptacon, an artist’s workbench, created from a myriad of different recycled timbers salvaged from a classroom offcuts bin, won the competition run by Woolgoolga Art Group.
“My TAFE furniture design course is a fabulous course,” Miss Rieder said.
“You learn everything from welding, upholstery, turning, traditional joinery and CAD programs.”
The 27-year-old Toormina TAFE student took out the grand prize, leaving the winners of 22 sections to be decided.
Second-most successful competitor was local artist and tutor Helen Goldsmith, who won the watercolour, pastel and drawing sections. and second places in other categories.
“One thing that does stand out in all entries is the level of commitment and the joy and pride in the work,” said judges’ spokesperson Sandra McMahan at the presentation night on Friday.
She urged exhibition visitors to purchase one of the artworks for their home, promising they will ‘get years and years enjoyment’ out of an artwork.
Other section winners were Rodney Andrews for his oil painting, A Thousand Head; Carolyn Smith for her acrylic, Summertime; Madeleine Szymanski’s Discovery painting and look carefully for Susan Joyce’s delightful entry in the miniatures, Freshly Picked.
In photography, Terry Evans won the nature section with Love in the Mist, Uganda; Ryan Webber landscapes and seascapes with his Another Mood and Joan Wehrens’ Beauty and Beast won the any subject photography.
Fibre art winners were Chris Timmins’ Civil War Stars quilt and Fran Robinson’s Into the Opal Heart, pictured in the Advocate last week.
Ceramics was won by Carol Ann Foster for her Shell We Have Tea? and Peter Dehlsen’s stone intarsia, Relativity won the any other art form section.
Woodwork attracted a strong field, with Emmanuel Oppliger’s wooden bathtub winning the functional furniture, Jeramie Carter’s Walking Stick Number Three the sculpture, Mark Carron’s two timbers table won the post-high school section and Jackie McLennan took out sculpture with Abstract.
Youth winners were Clarice Berry No Joke artwork, Grace Rosser’s Beach Life photograph and Kathryn Davis’s textile entry, Egyptian Evening Gown.
The Lillipilli Art and Craft Festival is open daily between 9.30am and 4pm, including Good Friday, at the Norm Jordan Pavilion in Coffs Harbour Showground until April 24.
Entry costs $5.