CHRISTOPHE Canato was the overall winner of the 2018 City of Wanneroo Community Art Awards and Exhibition, taking home the $7500 grand prize for his striking untitled digital photograph.
The Bayswater artist was one of nine winners whose artistic talents were recognised at the opening event on Friday, with each receiving a share in the $16,800 prize pool.
The City received 230 entries this year, including 148 paintings, 56 works on paper and a record 29 sculptures.
Those included 96 artworks by City of Wanneroo residents, while other entries came from around WA, including Dawesville, Mt Barker and Mt Nasura.
An independent panel consisting of artists Janis Nedela, Clare McFarlane and Helena Bogucki judged the entries.
“Each year I am inspired by the level of creativity and talent displayed in the awards, and the 2018 exhibition is a wonderful demonstration of art,” Mayor Tracey Roberts said.
“I am particularly proud that 96 City of Wanneroo residents submitted works this year, accounting for almost half of the total number of entries.
“It reflects the strong and diverse art community we have here in Wanneroo.”
The free exhibition in the gallery at the Wanneroo Library and Cultural Centre will be open until June 22, from 10am to 4pm on Mondays to Saturdays.
Exhibition visitors can take part in judging for the people’s choice award by nominating their favourite artwork.
Open award $7500
Artist: Christophe Canato, of Bayswater
Media: Digital photography
Best City of Wanneroo resident $2000
Artist: Robert Parkman, of Jindalee
Title: The Cabin in the Woods
Highly Commended Wanneroo resident $1000
Artist: Judy Rogers, of Alexander Heights
Media: Mixed media
Painting overall $1400
Artist: Roseanne Watson
Title: Climbing Julimar
Painting Highly Commended $500
Artist: Ellen Norrish
Title: The Pink Room
Media: Oil on board
Sculpture overall $1400
Artist: A. and H. Alderson
Title: Encountering Wanneru 1834
Media: Local flora/fauna, copper and silver
Sculpture Highly Commended $500
Artist: Susan Roux
Title: Migrant Girl
Media: Cast iron, polish, spray paint, thread
Works on Paper overall $1400
Artist: Joanne Duffy
Media: Oil on cotton rag paper
Works on Paper Highly Commended $500
Artist: Shona McGregor
Title: Post Reproductive
Media: Laser print, mat board box, ink on Japanese rice paper, cotton embroidery thread.