We both felt that technology is giving people permission to disregard the art of drawing, mistakingly thinking that fine art can be made by a machine, and therefore we thought that drawing would be one of the most important aspects that would determine the winner. There was a junior award section too, comprising work from Gippsland primary and secondary schools, and this section was by far the most difficult. Barry Jones opened the exhibition and I said a few words about the judging and the reasons we chose the prize winners.
The Prom Arts Council put us up at the Fish Creek Hotel, an Art Deco building which has undergone recent renovations. There was a meal at the home of Tony Walker and Susan Quinn, and what a pleasurable night it was too.
Kim McDonald also looks after three horses. I went for a casual ride on Magic, whom I rode the last time I was in South Gippsland. So all in all, it was a most enjoyable weekend.
Peter Wegner and I.
The beautiful Art Deco building.
The huge fish sculpture on the hotel roof.
Barry Jones, Kim McDonald and me in front of Kim's winning work.
Kerry Spokes (artist and vice president of the Prom Arts Council) with me at the opening of the exhibition.
Kim and Magic
Me and Magic
Taking Magic for a walk
An interesting mural in the town of Foster