Cape Artists Major Exhibition, 2015
Text - Phyllis Hill Photo - John Hill
Cape Artists of the Dunsborough Art Society always have their major exhibition of new works at the Yallingup Hall on the first weekend after New Year. This year the date caused a wee bit of angst, as the exhibition had to be hung, judged and opened on Friday, 2nd of January but this tight schedule was managed with aplomb! The exhibition was judged by Mary-Ann Stratton and opened by The Honourable Barry House.
The quality of the work exhibited by Cape Artists ensures patrons return each year, are eager to know the dates of future exhibitions and are very enthusiastic to vote for their favourite paintings. As buyers need, on some occasions, to take the painting immediately the DAS policy is to replace these with other works of the artist. These are not necessarily new works but of an equally high standard.
In 1832 W.M. Turner exhibited ‘Helvoetsluis’, which when he compared it with Constable’s ‘The Opening of Waterloo Bridge’ was found wanting. Turner’s colours were drab and so he threw a daub of red lead on the painting, which caused Constable to comment “Turner has been here and fired a gun.” Turner then began his obsession with white and yellow causing consternation and outrage in the establishment but Constable thought these works “…golden visions, glorious and beautiful.’ As aspiring artists we are most fortunate to have such examples of courage and creativity to follow and we are definitely influenced by the Masters, even though we may not reach their exalted heights. Like Turner, Barbara Reid used a rainbow of colours in her paintings, ‘Coffee or Tea’ and ‘Guess What?’ bringing light and joy to the exhibition. The wonder of multiple exhibitors is the differences of approach, of ways of viewing the world and the uniqueness of the artist’s ideas. A wonderful example of this is the work of Shane Green. His portrait ‘Dad’ and his four ‘Portraits of Magpies’ are fascinating works of individuality and creativity.
Prize Winners for 2015
BEST IN SHOW: STEVE VIGORS ‘EVENING AT CONTOS’
2ND BEST IN SHOW: FLORENCE CLEMENTS ‘GRAPES’
BEST LAND/URBANSCAPE: FLORENCE CLEMENTS ‘FLAT IRON BUILDING N.Y.C.’
BEST SEASCAPE: GAY SCADDAN ‘WINTER LIGHT’
BEST PORTRAIT: MARGARET SARGANT ‘YOUNG STUART’
BEST FLORA/FAUNA: FELICITY MACLEAY ‘LAVENDARS’
BEST STILL LIFE: FELICITY MACLEAY ‘FLOWER POT’
BEST ABSTRACT: PHYLLIS HILL ‘COLOURS OF THE BUSH’
BLACK ROCK WATERCOLOUR: JO FAZAKERLEY ‘EUCALYPTUS ERYTHROCORUS’
PRESIDENT’S CHOICE: DIANA BOUTELOUP ‘TWO BLACK COCKATOOS’
JUDGE’S CHOICE: GAY SCADDAN ‘YALLINGUP VISTA’
For more photos of the exhibition, please click on the link below