Photographs: Tanya Tabone and Janet Leith
‘In Your Face’ Portrait Prize Winners Announced
The region’s best portraits have been celebrated at the ‘In Your Face’ Portrait Prize on Friday August 2nd, 2019, with joint winners Frank Burgers for his work ‘Mum’ and Tanya Tabone for her work ‘Uncle Fred - Pumpkin Head’.
Renowned mosaic artist, Deborah Halpern, named the winners at the opening night celebration for the North East Artisans (NEA) exhibition on Friday August 2nd, 2019. The works were selected from a shortlist of 26 works of varied mediums. The Portrait Prize of $1,000 was shared between the two winners. An additional $500 People’s Choice Award will be voted on during the exhibition at NEA, which is on display until August 31st, 2019.
Mr Burgers winning artwork is an oil painting featuring his mother which has taken years to complete.
‘Mum has always been a strong and independent woman who has survived many ordeals,’ said Mr Burgers.
‘I am hoping that her positive outlook, generosity and caring nature come through in my portrait,’ said Mr Burgers.
Ms Tabone’s work is a digital artwork of her great Uncle Fred.
‘I hoped to capture my Uncle’s fun, strong personality in this piece,’ said Ms Tabone.
‘I love capturing photos that reveal the essence of someone’s character.
‘It is an honour to be selected among such a fine selection of artists and I’m very grateful to North East Artisans and Deborah Halpern for this opportunity,’ said Ms Tabone.
The exhibition is on display at North East Artisan’s Exhibition Gallery until August 31st, 2019.
Explore the In Your Face Portrait Exhibition from 10 am to 4 pm Tuesday to Friday and 10 am to 2 pm on Saturdays.
Frank Burgers teaches art classes at North East Artisans on Wednesday nights for $25 per class. Bookings can be made by contacting Frank on 0488 676 127.
Tanya Tabone offers digital portrait photography for families and individuals and can be contacted on 0447 744 663.
Source; NEA Media Release
'Deborah Halpern (2019) Alice with a Vase of Flowers: Oil on canvas (9 panels) Source: Instagram
The Call for Entries to the "In Your Face' Portrait Prize has been extended! Application forms can now be submitted up to Tuesday 16 July at 5pm.!
The 'In Your Face Portrait Prize' represents new territory for NEA as it involves a selection panel, shortlisting and then judging by acclaimed ceramic artist, sculptor and painter Deborah Halpern prior to the opening of the Exhibition.
"Artists are invited to enter a maximum of TWO works for this exhibition which MUST be a Portrait /s of some type, in any style or medium and not exceed the maximum size of 1.2 X 1.2m. 2.
The entry must be an original, uncopied work, that has been completed in the last 12 months and NOT previously exhibited.
To be eligible, all entrants must submit ALL the requirements of entry by the extended date of Tuesday July 16th at 5pm. This includes ‐ A completed application form, one JPEG image (2MB only) of the artwork, an artist statement (word docx) and entry fee payment. Entries received after JULY 16 will not be accepted.
The ENTRY FEE of $15 per work is non refundable if works are not selected for the exhibition. 5.
Applications MUST be sent via EMAIL to the NEA Exhibition Coordinator – email@example.com Please contact Janet for queries & information. Hard copies of the application form will be available@ NEA Gallery Shop, 122 Bridge Street, Benalla. However jpeg images & artist statements MUST be emailed in the correct formats. 6.
All work must be professionally prepared for hanging and installation. To be suitable for hanging please adhere to these requirements. If framed, frames must be a decent quality to sell in a gallery. Plastic frames without ‘D’rings and wire/string are not acceptable."
There is further detail on the entry form below!
Deborah Halpern with her sculpture 'The Face' - Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, 2018 Siource : Instagram
Benalla Art Gallery
Shepparton Art Museum
Wangaratta Art Gallery
Benalla Camera Club
Broken River Potters
Broken River Painters
Broken River Writers
Wots4Me Benalla Youth
Art Gallery on Ovens
Bush Gatherings -Violet Town
GANEAA (Goulburn and North East Arts Alliance)