Hibiscus Coast artist Susannah Law picked up the Supreme Award at the 24th annual Great Summer Art Exhibition, held at the Mahurangi East Community Centre, over New Year.
Susannah, a professional artist who runs Red Door Studio in Orewa, took home $1000 in prize money for The Gum Collectors, her winning entry in the professional section.
Her marble styled painting was one of three entered in the exhibition. She said it was a comment on conservation and what history had taught us about looking after nature.
This year’s judges were Auckland mother and daughter artists, Juliette and Pippa Milne.
In announcing the winners, they commented on the overall skill demonstrated in all three sections – professional, intermediate and novice.
The exhibition is a major fundraiser for the Mahurangi East Tennis Club and committee member Sue McLeod thanked both artists and sponsors for their loyal support over many years.
More than 1400 people visited the exhibition and although the final amount raised is still being finalised, it is expected to be around $11,500.
A special thanks was extended to major sponsor, Bayleys Real Estate.
The winners were:
Professional – The Gum Collectors, by Susannah Law 1; Trailways, by Janice Napper 2; Bowl of Cream, by Nolene McMaster 3. Merit, Opportunities by Anna Filimoana. Intermediate – Our Sunny Days, by Rhana Panhuis 1; Through the Heads, by Val Enger 2; On the Way to Milford, by Rosemary Rowe 3. Merit, Pukeko on the Water by Natalie Hyland. Novice – NZ Robin, by Dan Franc 1; Vampires by Josh Thompson 2; Snells Beach Houses by Miriam Cutforth 3. Merit, Butterfly in a Blizzard, by Juliane Visser. Judges Encouragement Award, Paradise Found, by Phillip Earle.