Artists awarded at regional exhibition

Local self-taught artists Anita Von Stanke and Jenny Dean have been painted as winners for their creations at the South East Art Society’s annual exhibition in Mount Gambier recently.

Society publicity officer Laurie Dacy said the awards were well supported and praised the winning artists.

Mrs Dean won the Adam Lindsay Gordon Award for her work ‘Drift Through Pine’.

“Mrs Dean originates from Robe and has been creating things most of her life,” Mr Dacy said.

“She must have taught herself well because she became an art teacher at Robe Primary School for 14 years.

“Her award-winning artwork is created from hand selected Blue Lake pine needles which she used to make a coil.”

Mrs Von Stanke’s was deemed highly commended for her artwork ‘From the Wreck’.

“Residing in the South East gives me the opportunity to experience changing life during the four seasons and the wide area of the Limestone Coast,” Mrs Von Stanke said.

“I am motivated by the shipwreck coasts, rugged coastline and the ever-changing colours of the sea.

“I was inspired at a young age by my grandparents showing me photos and paintings produced by my great uncle Paul Roth in Europe before his early death in the 1920s.”

Mr Dacy said the South East Art Society was open to artists of all skill levels, holding workshops, training and social events throughout the year.

“Our big success is bringing kindred spirits together without any judgment. It’s all very encouraging and helps people grow their art skills,” he said.

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