PLC Old Collegian’s Association Art Exhibition crown won by Subiaco artist


Tessa McOnie with her portrait of Trevor Jamieson.
Tessa McOnie with her portrait of Trevor Jamieson.

SUBIACO resident and former collegian Tessa McOnie impressed the crowd at the PLC Old Collegian’s Association (OCA) Art Exhibition recently

Ms McOnie (25) took out the People’s Choice Award for her work Desert Child, which was one of five pieces entered in the College’s eighth annual exhibition.

About 1000 people attended the event over three days, and more than $75,000 worth of art was sold, breaking previous years’ records.

PLC OCA president Katrina Burton said she was thrilled with the level of support shown by the PLC and wider local communities.

“This year’s exhibition was the most successful we’ve had yet, with 25 per cent more artists and artworks and double the number of people attending the event,” Ms Burton said.

“It was wonderful to see the hundreds of hours of effort put in by the PLC OCA volunteers rewarded with such a fantastic turnout.”

Ms Burton said 491 artworks were exhibited for sale by artists from the PLC community, along with live art from five artists-in-residence.

“The PLC OCA Art Exhibition is a wonderful opportunity to highlight and celebrate the depth of talent in the PLC art community and to support local artists,” she said.

“The School has a vibrant culture of art for students so it is fitting that the Old Collegians help continue that culture for past students.

“We are now looking forward to making next year’s event even bigger and better.”

Fremantle artist Eveline Kotai took out the $500 Francesca Nelson Memorial Art Award for her piece Totem 2.

Ms McOnie will also enter a large-scale portrait of indigenous actor Trevor Jamieson in to this year’s $100,000 Archibald Prize.

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