The major winner of $6000 prize awarded in Gympie on Wednesday night was artist Helena Jackson-Lloyd.
The major winner of $6000 prize awarded in Gympie on Wednesday night was artist Helena Jackson-Lloyd. Leeroy Todd

GALLERY: Winners, glamour of first Gympie Du Rietz Awards

A CROWD of about 100 awaited while the winners were announced Wednesday night in the inaugural Du Rietz Art Awards at the Gympie Regional Gallery.

Du Rietz Art Awards Official Opening, Wednesday July 24, 6pm. Rens Poels.
Rens Poels. Donna Jones

The gallery received 184 individual artworks from

Canberra, Melbourne, Perth, Hong Kong and 58 local artists.

Winner Denis Forshaw with sponsor Gwyn Moore and judges Dr Victoria Garnors-Williams and Dr Susan Ostling.
Sunshine Coast artist Denis Forshaw with sponsor Gwyn Moore. Leeroy Todd

Coolum artist Helena Jackson-Lloyd took out the major 2D Award of $6000 with her work called Mack in the Yard, an oil and mixed media painting.

Du Rietz Art Awards Official Opening, Wednesday July 24, 6pm. Artist Reina Muller with her entry, Happy Tradition featuring her three year old daughter.
Artist Reina Muller with her entry, Happy Tradition featuring her three year old daughter. Donna Jones

Judges commented this artwork was a dynamic composition with a great sense of shape and form with a variety of painterly effects that did not lose sight of the subject.

Sponsor Nicole Harper with winner Jane Grealy and judges Dr Victoria Garnors-Williams and Dr Susan Ostling.
Sponsor Nicole Harper with Jane Grealy and judges Dr Victoria Garnors-Williams and Dr Susan Ostling. Leeroy Todd

An excited Helena spoke about starting to paint trucks when she moved into her new studio which overlooks a truck yard in an industrial estate.

Du Rietz Art Awards Official Opening, Wednesday July 24, 6pm. Ziko Hart playing his handmade instrument which he calls a 'hempy' because it is made from hemp.
Ziko Hart playing his handmade instrument which he calls a 'hempy' because it is made from hemp. Donna Jones

The major 3D Award of $3000 was awarded to local artist Meaghan Shelton with her sculpture titled Diving Helmet and Overlay with the judges commenting that this two-part work was "so strong in its fragility”.

The Bendigo Bank Locals Award of $3000 was awarded to accomplished artist Kym Barrett with her painting entitled Wrapped 1.

Du Rietz Art Awards Official Opening, Wednesday July 24, 6pm. Elaine Thomson.
Elaine Thomson. Donna Jones

Judges commented that this was a "quiet” work that rewarded contemplation and used impressive layering and textural treatment of paint and wax media.

Major 3D Winner Meaghan Shelton with sponsor Tim Cross and judges Dr Victoria Garnors-Williams and Dr Susan Ostling.
Major 3D award recipient Meaghan Shelton with sponsor Tim Cross. Leeroy Todd

There were several Sub Awards given as part of the Du Rietz Art Awards.

Du Rietz Art Awards Official Opening, Wednesday July 24, 6pm. Three-year-old Lila Nichol with nan Marcia Lane.
Three-year-old Lila Nichol with nan Marcia Lane. Donna Jones

The Roy Skinner Works on Paper Award, sponsored by Anne Skinner, went to Jane Grealy with her meticulous drawing titled Maria's Garden: Spring Beans and the Byran Moore Memorial Ceramic Award went to Sunshine Coast artist Denis Forshaw with his beautiful, uplifting satin patina vessel titled Coral Connections.

Du Rietz Art Awards Official Opening, Wednesday July 24, 6pm. Karen and Gordon Browning.
Karen and Gordon Browning. Donna Jones

The Locals Encouragement Award went to Kerrie Atkins with her miniature painting titled Hut in the Woods with the judges commenting that this work was a "clever, delicate, well-painted design that shows depth and distance.

Du Rietz Art Awards Official Opening, Wednesday July 24, 6pm. Lillian Hamacek, Donna Walker, Lynda Tramacchi and Anne Price.
Lillian Hamacek, Donna Walker, Lynda Tramacchi and Anne Price. Donna Jones

The Ceramic Encouragement Award went to Kerrie Browning for her tiny sculptural piece titled Social Souvenirs with judges commenting that this was a very "bold piece that impresses by its fine detail and depth of theme”.

Gympie CEO Bernard Smith with Major 2D Winner Helena Jackson-Lloyd, judges Dr Victoria Garnors-Williams and Dr Susan Ostling, and Gympie Mayor Mick Curran.
Major 2D Winner Helena Jackson-Lloyd with judges Dr Victoria Garnors-Williams and Dr Susan Ostling Leeroy Todd

The Du Rietz Art Awards honour the architect Hugo Du Rietz who designed the beautiful School of Arts building in which the Gallery is housed in 1904, when Gympie was in the midst of the Gold Rush.

The exhibition is on show until August 23.

Du Rietz Art Awards Official Opening, Wednesday July 24, 6pm. Sherida Keenan and Kym Barrett.
Sherida Keenan and Kym Barrett. Donna Jones