News

Fresh focus on Bentley art show

Cathy Adams

THE tiny community of Bentley is now synonymous with the massive community uprising against gas mining in the Northern Rivers.

Prior to that was known, in much smaller circles, as somewhere that held an annual art prize that punched well above its weight.

Now in its 30th year, the Bentley Art Prize attracts about 700 entries all competing for $8000 in prize money across 13 categories.

This year the two have come together with numerous paintings and photos.

But taking out the coveted Tursa Open Painting prize, worth $1000, was Ken Swan from Lismore for a painting called Our Promised Land that depicts water birds in a rainforest setting from several perspectives.

Judge, Janice Hunter, an artist who grew up in the region now based in Victoria, said she was very impressed by the quality and variety of the work submitted.

She said it was very difficult to pick a winner.

"But this speaks of the area, it is a very delicate interpretation of the landscape, with both close up and distant views. It is a highly accomplished painting," she said.

The Casino RSM Acquisition prize, also worth $1000, went to Grafton's Liz Slater for her underwater perspective of the Great Barrier Reef called Fish Eye View.

"It really show's how precious and beautiful it is," Mrs Hunter said.

Liz Slater also took out the drawing prize which had to have a seascape theme for a work called After the Storm.

Winner of the Aboriginal painting section was Daphne Dux Kal Ma Kuta for her piece called My Dreamtime.

The winners for all categories will be presented today at Bentley Hall from 1pm.

The exhibition is open on Saturday from 9-5pm and on Sunday from 9-3pm.




Is this the moment Byron Bay mum hit slain Bali cop?

epa05516075 Australian national Sara Connor (C) and British national David Taylor (R)participate in the reconstruction of the death of a police officer at Kuta beach in Bali, Indonesia, 31 August 2016. Australian Sara Connor and British national David Taylor, were arrested by Bali police, and are accused of murdering a local policeman on Kuta Beach. The body of police officer Wayan Sudarsa was found with deep wounds to his head and neck on Kuta beach on 17 August 2016. EPA/MADE NAGI

She faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted over the murder

The best wedding photographer - as voted by you

Dana Toulcher submitted this wedding photo taken by Melle Lanesbury-Veronesi.

According to our readers, the best wedding photographer here is...

Annual car show to help Our Kids

Each year the Trojans Rod and Custom Club Show and Shine raises money for local charity Our Kids.

This weekend's Trojans Rod and Custom Club Show and Shine

Latest deals and offers

Taylor Swift dismissed from jury duty

Taylor Swift was dismissed from jury duty in a sexual assault case

Zumbo's Willy Wonka hat trick trips up Queensland brickie

Adriano Zumbo and Rachel Khoo with Zumbo's floating dessert in a scene from Zumbo's Just Desserts.

NOOSA'S Michael Basset asked to recreate floating chocolate dish.

John Lennon's killer denied parole for 9th time

John Lennon

John Lennon's killer has been denied parole for the ninth time.

Mexican band takes aim at Trump

Disguised as unhinged narcotraficantes, the Mexican-American agitators of BRUJERIA captured the mood of the citys minorities with the bands infamous and widely banned 1993 debut, Matando Geros (Killing White People), quickly becoming the Spanish-language counterparts to early grindcore masters TERRORIZER and NAPALM DEATH.  Photo Contributed

'Satanic drug lord' band challenges Trump

Willy Wonka star, Gene Wilder dead at 83

A still of Gene Wilder in the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Social media has already lit up with tributes to the late actor.

Falls tickets go on sale

Cold War Kids wow audiences at Falls Festival in Byron Bay despite the soaring tempratures and humidity. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

General sale starts at 9am

Australia's most expensive balcony and it hasn't been built

Viridian Noosa.

How Noosa millionares' squabble could affect body corporates

Receivers move in on Springfield's 'Tower of Power'

The 10-storey tower at Springfield is up for sale with interest high in the iconic structure.

Interest high in iconic 10-storey office building

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m