bentART 2012

bentART holds another successful exhibition

bentART, Australia’s largest GLBTQI art exhibition, celebrated its eighth art exhibition at the Wentworth Falls School of Arts from 8-11 June 2012. Aunty Carol Cooper kicked off proceedings with a Welcome to Country, followed by first time MC Damien Beaumont, afternoon presenter for ABC Classic FM, who added a special flair to the opening night on Friday, 8th June 2012.

The exhibition was again blessed to have Sophie Seeger and Jane Canfield, who’s expertise at curating made the exhibition (and the Wentworth Falls School of Arts) shine. Tony Ward’s stage decoration added an extra dimension to opening night, with one attendee saying that Tony’s work “ought to have been a category of its own”. The judging panel comprised Marlene Plummer of the Kedumba Gallery at Wentworth Falls, and Richard Perram from the Bathurst Regional Gallery.

The overall bentART prize, funded by first time sponsor, Bendigo Community Bank, Katoomba, was won by established mountains artist, James Blackwell for his work “Native Grid 0312.2”. Pamela Hourani, another well-respected local artist, received the Runner Up prize, sponsored by Choice Home Loans, Valley Heights, for her painting “The Offering”. Both James and Pamela won further prizes. Pamela won the Printmaking and Drawing Prize, sponsored by Harmony at Home, Blackheath, for her drawing “The Duel”. James won the Sculpture Award, sponsored by Klipt Kannines, Lawson, for his piece “Pod Cluster”, and also the Peoples Choice Award, sponsored by the Alex Hotel, Leura, for his winning entry, “Native Grid 0312.2”

With several hundred people attending the opening night the exhibition was a
great success. The champagne flowed, thanks to the generosity of hospitality sponsor Cumulus Wines, and attendees enjoyed delicious finger food provided by Chef Richard Moon and his band of helpers. Many art-lovers came back for a second or third look over the three days of the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.

“It’s the best exhibition so far” one art lover said.

BentART President, Sharryn Ryan, thanked all the local and regional sponsors for their generous support and made particular mention of new media sponsor SameSame, whose photographs of Opening Night can be seen on their website Samesame.com.au. She also noted that the exhibition wouldn’t have happened without the hard work of the bentART Committee and very many other helpers, many of whom volunteer their time year after year.

Fifty-seven artists entered the exhibition. Most entered more than one piece, making a total of more than 140 pieces of artwork. There were several entries in a new category, Textile and Fibre Art. The existing categories – Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking and Drawing, Photography, and Alternative Media drew many entries, with a noticeable increase in photographic entries. “Let’s all remember the role of art in our lives – to inspire and amaze us, to challenge and provoke us” Sharryn said. She urged art-lovers to enjoy the evening and to consider purchasing some of the work. They must have been listening as twenty eight pieces were sold, even more than last year.

the Committee
bentART

bentART 2012 Sponsors 

Opening night photos by our media Sponsor SameSame.com.au

bentART 2012 Prizes

bentART Prize 2012 – Mr James Blackwell “Native Grid 0312.2” (Sponsor – Bendigo Bank)

James artwork centres on themes of nature, silence, structure and symmetry. Utilising materials gathered from the Australian bushland and resources, I create assemblages which embody a stillness and contemplation which seems to always be just out of reach in my everyday life.

bentART Peoples Choice Award– Mr James Blackwell “Native Grid 0312.2” (Sponsor – The Alexandra Hotel Leura)

James artwork centres on themes of nature, silence, structure and symmetry. Utilising materials gathered from the Australian bushland and resources, I create assemblages which embody a stillness and contemplation which seems to always be just out of reach in my everyday life.

bentART Runner Up Prize –Pamela Hourani “The Offering” (Sponsor – Choice Home Loans)

“The basics of my approach to painting are form, exploration, chance and (hopefully) objectivity”.

bentART Painting Prize – Ilona Moccasin “Water’s Edge” (Sponsor – Wenworth Falls Animal Hospital)

“Art is the ultimate form of relaxation for me. I enjoy being able to express my feelings about nature or people through art. Bent Art is a fantastic opportunity for people who have never exhibited before to share their art with the rest of the community”.

bentART Printmaking and Drawing – Pamela Hourani – “The Duel” (Sponsor – Harmony at Home)

“The basics of my approach to painting are form, exploration, chance and (hopefully) objectivity”.

bentART Sculpture– James Blackwell  “Pod Cluster” (Sponsor – Klipt Kanines)

James artwork centres on themes of nature, silence, structure and symmetry. Utilising materials gathered from the Australian bushland and resources, I create assemblages which embody a stillness and contemplation which seems to always be just out of reach in my everyday life.

bentART Photography – Denis Gallagher – “Rust 6” (Sponsor – The Conservation Hut)

“I enjoy the adventure and surprise of photography, the way subjects appear at random, then the unpredictable process of arriving at the final image. Sometimes the final image is an accurate depiction of the subject; other times it is discovered via digital processing”.

bentART Alternative Media– Joy McDonald “Lickertysplit” (Sponsor – Blue Mountains Limousine)

“My next body of work will be around the notion of delettantism but the two works here are about me. I am a refugee from the mountains, living in Brisbane, studying visual arts and trying to determine what kind of artist I am”.

bentART Textile and Fibre Art – Lindsay Duncan “Equal at Centre Link but still not Equal at the Alter” (Sponsor – The Chalet Guest House & Studio)

“Art has always challenged the politics of the day. Quilts, although seen as a ‘soft’ art, can still make powerful statements about our lives as being equal”.

bentART Highly Commended

Painting – Gillian Hand “Mountains”

Printmaking and Drawing – Ursula Scott “Everywhere and Nowhere”

Sculpture – Terence Combos “Family Shanks”

Photography – Michelle Kent “Looking Outwards”

Alternative Media – Christine Thompson “Nocturnal Inferno”

Textile and Fibre Art – Helen Young “Kookaburra”

Please view the winning entries below.