MULLALOO artist Sheridan Elphick won two major honours at the City of Joondalup’s 2017 Community Art Exhibition.
Ms Elphick won $1500 for the most outstanding work in any media category for her piece Ylenia, as well as the Arts in Focus Award, which won her a solo exhibition at Joondalup Art Gallery and $500.
She received her prize at the official opening of the exhibition at Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City on Saturday evening June 10.
This year’s 20th annual exhibition features the work of 165 artists who are either residents or a member of a non-profit visual arts association within the City.
This year’s judges were Disability in the Arts Disadvantages in the Arts OK development director Ricky Arnold, community arts worker Trevor Bly and Community Arts Network artist development manager Jill Brown.
They said Ms Elphick’s piece was “a striking portrait” that “captured an ethereal personality in a beguiling fashion” and that the artwork exhibited “a light handed approach, which is really hard to achieve”.
“An emerging artist who has been classically trained in Florence, the opportunity for Ms Elphick to exhibit an exclusive show will be a nurturing opportunity for her and of interest to the general public,” they added.
Other $1000 winners were Natalie Fourie for best works on paper, Susie Logue for best painting, Bronwen Holding for best three-dimensional works, Annie Rawle for best textiles and Barbara Wilk for best photomedia.
Brian Sanger was awarded $500 for the Celebrating Joondalup category and Josephine Campbell won a $250 voucher for the Student Award.
The $500 Popular Choice Award, given to the artwork that receives the most votes from the public, will be revealed later this month June.
View the artworks in the Myer Centre Court and next to the first floor food court at Lakeside Joondalup until June 25.
The artist who will be selected to create an artwork for the Inside-Out Billboard on the Joondalup Library will also be announced later this year.
They will be awarded a $3000 commission to produce an artwork that will be photographed and printed onto canvas to be displayed from September to March next year.
Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard said the annual event was one of the highlights of the City’s arts calendar, creating “a strong avenue for local artists to share their work”.
“The exhibition showcases artworks at various stages of an artist’s practice, ranging from hobby, emerging, student and professional, with works created in a wide range of traditional and contemporary media,” he said.
“Having seen the works on display I have to say I continue to be amazed by the depth of talent we have in our arts community, and I congratulate all participating artists,” he said.
Mr Pickard also used the evening to talk about the proposed $100 million Joondalup performing arts centre, due before the council this month June.
This drew some protest and criticism from the crowd, suggesting he was “politicising” the awards ceremony, which resulted in security being called.
“The event opening draws hundreds of people from the local arts community, most of whom have an interest in the Joondalup Performing Arts and Cultural Facility, given it could well be home to future visual arts events and exhibitions if the project progresses,” Mr Pickard later told the Weekender.
“I used the opportunity in my welcoming speech to provide an update to the audience on the project, including key dates such as the upcoming June council meeting when this very important item has been listed on the agenda.”
City of Joondalup 2017 Community Art Exhibition category winners
Most Outstanding ($1500 prize) Ylenia by Sheridan Elphick
Judges’ comments: “A striking portrait, this artist has captured an ethereal personality in a beguiling fashion. The artwork exhibits a light handed approach which is really hard to achieve.”
Arts in Focus ($500 prize and solo exhibition at Joondalup Art Gallery) Ylenia by Sheridan Elphick
Judges’ comments: “An emerging artist who has been classically trained in Florence, the opportunity for Ms Elphick to exhibit an exclusive show will be a nurturing opportunity for her, and of interest to the general public.”
Works on Paper ($1000 prize) The Old Lady by Natalie Fourie
Judges’ comments: “This artwork is not only a powerful compositional study that won this category but was also a hot contender for the student category. It was a very impressive work from a young artist.”
Painting ($1000 prize) A Walk in the Dunes by Susie Logue
Judges’ comments: “The detail captured in the sand dunes and vegetation of this large scale work entertains the eye, ensuring the viewer is always invested.”
Three Dimensional Works ($1000 prize) Rio…The Black Sheep’s Cousin by Bronwen Holding
Judges’ comments: “Technically flawless, this ceramic artwork makes the viewer smile. A clever nod to popular culture, being ‘Shaun the Sheep’, it also references to the intensely detailed sculptural qualities seen in a Jeff Koons’ artwork. It is a wonderfully generous piece.”
Textiles ($1000 prize) Chromatic Resonance by Annie Rawle
Judges’ comments: “This appliqued work shows hours of intense stitching by the artist. The choice of colours and layered textures intrigued the judges.”
Photomedia ($1000 prize) Untitled by Barbara Wilk
Judges’ comments: “This compositionally strong and well executed photograph of the landscape draws the viewer into the wild and abandoned space.”
Celebrating Joondalup ($500 prize) 4/48 Central Walk – Joondalup Art Gallery by Brian Sanger
Judges’ comments: “An artwork that celebrates Arts in Joondalup in a quirky and reflective way. The panel was unanimous in making this award.”
Student Award ($250 Arts Edge Joondalup Voucher) Wayfarer by Josephine Campbell
Judges’ comments: “This delightfully subtle work is intriguing to look at. The artist has used a delicate hand in her application of media and the composition almost tilts off the page. It is a very strong work from a very capable young artist.”
Popular Choice Award ($500 prize) to be revealed later this month