Ms GRALEY (Narre Warren South) — It was my great pleasure to open the second Berwick Artfest. Each year the Berwick Artists Society hosts an exhibition showcasing original artwork from both emerging and professional artists. This year 308 paintings were exhibited by 64 very talented artists. Their work was appreciated by 180 people on opening night and over 1500 people throughout the duration of the Artfest.
Each year an incredible amount of work goes into organising this event and special mention must be made of those responsible. Linda Oeser, president of the Berwick Artists Society led the team of Carol Norman, Wendy Brock, Bronwyn Hopkins, Dione Tiernan and Sheila Daniels. They were joined by countless other members of the artists society who volunteered their time to ensure the event ran smoothly. Well done, team!
The major sponsors of Berwick Artfest included Rock Solid Statues, Jenny’s Original Boards, Rotary Club of Berwick, O’Brien Real Estate, Minuteman Press in Narre Warren and the City of Casey.
As patron of the event, I was asked to present the inaugural Judith Graleyaward, which I gave to Agnes Parcesepe for her piece, Autumn Gatherings. The Best in Show award went to Linda Oeser for My La Pieta, and I loved this work so much that I bought it.
Elena Kolotusha received the People’s Choice award for her piece, Sticks and Stones. The Ern Trembath Encouragement award went to Quinton Baldwin for his painting, A Wash, and Ern, as proud as punch, was there to present it. Janet Matthews, Valda Jenkins, Imants Niedra, Cliff Pain, Rob Pritchard, Murali Surya, Walter Magilton and Joan Denner also won prizes in their categories.
The Berwick Artfest was once again a triumph for not only the Berwick Artists Society but also the whole community. I look forward to presenting awards at the next Berwick Artfest.