One for the birds

Rosemary Schoen’s ceramic work The Troupe.
Rosemary Schoen’s ceramic work The Troupe.

Schoen won the ceramics section for her work The Troupe in an exhibition that runs until October 13 at the historic York Town Hall

Judge Stefano Carboni, director of the Art Gallery of WA, said the artist’s manipulation of the clay as well as its partial glazing had resulted in ‘an accomplished finished work’.

‘The interplay of the birds is intriguing because every animal has its great individuality,’ Dr Carboni said.

‘The incorporation of the use of found objects (forks) to produce the feet is also quite successful. The composition is realistic at the same time, having an artistic sensibility and a dynamic quality. ‘

Kalamunda’s Leon Allen won the drawing section for his work Piesse Brook Water Ways.

Dr Carboni said the drawing depicted a landscape with a highly personal view.

‘The highly decorative quality of the work is equally balanced with the complex composition which is spread over three distinct, but interesting views,’ he said.

‘Although it is very busy, it achieves harmony through the overall composition, its tonal qualities and decorative sensitivity.’

York resident Ken Emberson won both the Avon Valley Craft Awards and the Families category for his ceramic work The Rose Family.

Jean Arnold, also from York, won the Avon Valley Art Award with her work Scones and Jam with Silver while Northam resident Mick Cotter took out the Works in Wood section with his Lidded Jewellery Box.

The awards are in their 24th year and are an annual event in York, showcasing work from all over WA.