Artists put on show for prize

Kimba continues to ‘ignite’ with the 2017 Kimba Art Prize and Exhibition declared a huge success.

About 130 art enthusiasts enjoyed the Kimba Art Prize Gala Evening last Friday at the Kimba Institute and delighted in the 200 or so artworks on display, which followed the Igniting Kimba Silo Art Official Opening.

With nearly all prize winners present and art collectors busy choosing their next acquisition, the evening was one of fine art, fine food and fine wine.

One of the key features of the night was a walk around the gallery highlighting various works.  

In the absence of Kimba Art Prize judge, Paul Northam, who was overseas judging an art prize, the presentation was given by local patron Cecilia Woolford who shared Mr Northam’s thoughts on the prize-winning entries and other standout pieces.

Marek Herburt took out the Kimba Art Prize with his piece titled ‘Early Morning’ and Paul Matthews and Jamahl Pollard took out the second and third prizes respectively.

Local Randall Cliff won the Hangers Award with his photo ‘On the Bend’, while Steven Rigg won the Local Artist Prize with his artwork named ‘Temptation’.

People have also been flocking into the institute to check out the art works during the day.  

At the end of the first seven days of the exhibition about 500 people had viewed the gallery and many had made return visits.

The exhibition doors opened on Monday, September 18 and it runs until Friday, September 29.  

Artist in residence Courtney Ramsey led gallery visitors over the weekend through a community art piece in charcoal measuring 2 metres by 2 metres.  

The huge portrait was done in 12 pieces and remains on show for the rest of the exhibition.