ABOVE: Sherrie Rowan's Top Hat wins second place in the adult section.  RIGHT: Winner of the adult section was Meaghan Shelton's Ghost Mothers.
ABOVE: Sherrie Rowan's Top Hat wins second place in the adult section. RIGHT: Winner of the adult section was Meaghan Shelton's Ghost Mothers.

Some real nuggets among Heritage Art comp entries

GYMPIE'S 150th birthday is the inspiration behind this year's Gympie Regional Council Heritage Art Competition, held in conjunction with the Gympie Show.

With the theme, G150 Nugget People, Places and Events, the 2017 competition once again proved incredibly difficult to judge with many outstanding entries.

Judge Chris Postle said there were some really interesting responses to a challenging theme.

"The responses varied from environment focus, explorers, local identities, landmarks, Anzacs and memories.” he said.

Artists entering the competition were encouraged to interpret what they see as Gympie's real nuggets, with consideration given to Gympie's 150th birthday, referencing historical or contemporary images.

Chris said the winning artwork in the adult section by Imbil artist Meaghan Shelton titled Ghost Mothers had original concepts encompassing many ideas and reflected a creative kaleidoscope.

He also acknowledged the significantly high quality of the children's entries.

Meaghan Shelton's Ghost Mothers
Meaghan Shelton's Ghost Mothers

The exhibits can be seen on the upper floor at the Show Pavilion during the Gympie Show and then at to the Gympie Regional Gallery at 39 Nash St, where they will be on display until June 17.

Gallery opening hours are 10am - 4pm Tuesday to Saturday.

The competition winners will be presented with their prize money next Wednesday at 3.30pm at the Gympie Regional Gallery.

Friends, family and the general public are welcome to attend the presentation. Phone 5481 0733 for any further information.

Chris Postle is a practising professional artist from Mt Coolum who has been painting for more than 26 years.

He uses his technical skills to highlight diversity in his works from coastal scenes to impressionistic landscapes and delicately detailed flora and fauna.

He has exhibited regularly and is also an art tutor in demand.


Adult Section:

Meaghan Shelton "Ghost Mothers” 1 , Sherrie Rowan "Top Hat” 2, Jaine Jackson "The 'Golden' Times of Gympie 3. Highly commended: Tess Stewart "Gympie Gold Miners”, K Johnston "Gympie - Past, Present and Future”, Kerrie Atkins "Helping Hands”.

Youth Section (under-18):

Sophie Roff "Clock Tower Collage” 1, Teal Burraston "Golden Trains” 2, Sarah Lynch "The Royal Snow Globe” 3. Highly commended: Keesha Tomkins "Vattenfall”, Drew Sjodin-Wall "Decaying Gympie”, Brook Daniels "Goldtown Gympie”.

Child (under-12):

Mia Brown "Untitled” 1, Imogen Otswald "Panning for Gold” 2, Georgia Meaker "Goldhouse” 3. Highly commended: Madeline Hill "Finding Gold”, Jorja Campbell "Fun Fireworks of Gympie Show”, Rebecca Dean "Untitled”, Ellie Jones "Life of Mothar Mountain Rock Pools”, Saylor Swan "Anzac Day”, Sienna Pearson "Birthday Fun”, Keenan Sheridan "Untitled”, Marley Chandler "The Duck Pond”, Jack Richardson "Beautiful Mary River”, Nate Kelly "Nate Kelly”.