2021 MONOCHROME A TRIUMPH OF COLOUR AND PARTICIPATION
The annual Monochrome event run by the Macleay Island Arts Complex Inc is established as a major art event not only on our islands, but the entire Redlands.
The very clever and colourful art competition has grown in both standard and participation since it was started by Suzie Catton and friends just a few short years ago.
The strict guidelines of canvas size and colour makes it a goal that is worth achieving, if by participation only.
This year the entries were many and the colour was definitely RED.
And wasn’t it fitting that first prize went to Russell Island arts identity Mandy Pearson with her three-face portrait of Hey Hey It’s Saturday and Skyhooks guitarist, Red Symons; definitely in keeping with the ‘tone’ of the event. It was titled ‘Red’s Faces’. First prize was $700.
In second place was Rod Bailey’s wonderful interpretation of well-known island artist and song-writer, Joe Geia, titled ‘Joe Turning Red’.
Highly commended was Robyn Joargenson ‘Amidst the Fire’ the encouragement award went to Philippa Gilbert for ‘Zoe’
In the pottery section, the versatile Lynda Faulkner was adjudged the winner with her work ‘This Rabbit loves RED dog’. First prize for pottery was $150.
Second prize in this section went to Karen Kelly for ‘Poppy Lamp’ with highly commended to Lyn Smithers for ‘Foxie’ and an encouragement award to Kim Snowden for Whole Lotta Love.
Crowds to the judging this year were strong, with many attendees wearing ‘red’!
Clearly art openings play a major role in island inter-action and social activity, with good reason.
Suzie Catton told The Friendly Bay Islander that the standard of Monochrome is improving ‘spectacularly’ every year.
“I was blown away with the standard of the entries this year, and am extremely proud of the event,” she said.
• Winner of the 2021 Monochrome art prize, Mandy Pearson, and her entry ‘Red’s Faces'.