Opening of the 2016 City of Clarence Open Art Exhibition at Rosny Farm and right, overall winner, Martin Rek with his drawing Melaleuca.


This year’s exhibition features an array of portraits, landscapes and abstract works with many artists choosing bold and vivid colours.

From more than 200 entries, the overall winner was Martin Rek for his drawing Melaleuca.

Rek’s precise use of the medium was a highlight for judges Jan Peacock, artist and art guide with TMAG, and Jane Deeth, art academic and curator.

The judges noted: “through exquisite control of a very difficult medium, this artist has managed very successfully to describe a complex and daunting landscape in a very intense and detailed way, while simultaneously keeping the image fresh, alive and vibrant.”

The winner of the Mayor’s Award was Laraine O’Donnell for her work Indigenous Billabong Girl.

Section winners were Emily Jones for her painting The Florentine Model, Susan Mace in the field of photography for The Leyland, Steph Houstein in printmaking for Bonescape 103 and in the drawing category, Carissa Goyer won for Saddle Up.

Mayor of Clarence, Alderman Doug Chipman, said he said it was always exciting to see the work of Tasmanian artists, particularly those in Clarence on show to the public.

“Clarence City Council actively encourages participation of people in the arts through a number of initiatives in our arts and events program,” Mayor Chipman said.

“The Open Art Exhibition is a valuable opportunity for artists to show their work in public and hopefully encourages them to continue to pursue their passion. It is also wonderful for our community and visitors to see those talents on display at the Rosny Farm.”

The exhibition is on show until Sunday 21 August at the Rosny Farm.