Doing their best Bob Dylan impersonations ahead of Dylanfest to be held at the Coraki Hotel today are, from left, Coraki Hotel weekend manager Wayne Berghofer, Mark Powell (Sparrow) of Coraki, Drew Stevens of Coraki, and performer Matt Mason (Captain Freedom).
Doing their best Bob Dylan impersonations ahead of Dylanfest to be held at the Coraki Hotel today are, from left, Coraki Hotel weekend manager Wayne Berghofer, Mark Powell (Sparrow) of Coraki, Drew Stevens of Coraki, and performer Matt Mason (Captain Freedom). CATHY ADAMS

Garland wins Coraki Art Prize

SCULPTOR Annette Garland has won this year’s Coraki Art Prize after her work, Riding the Economic Storm, was judged as the best in show last night.

The judges thought Ms Garland’s work stood out because of its excellent execution in its selected medium, its witty and topical nature and its aesthetics.

So popular was it among potential buyers that it was decided to auction the work as the only fair way to decide who would be the lucky owner.

The art prize, now in its 12th year, attracted more than 370 entries.

Promoter Rosie Lee said the show features a vast array of works in painting, sculpture, drawing, photography and digital art.

“The standard of the works is fantastic,” Ms Lee said.

All works exhibited are for sale and prices range from $50 to $3000.

The art show will be held in two locations, Brandon Hall and the Coraki Conference Centre. The show will run today from 9am until 5pm and tomorrow from 10am until 4pm.

Meanwhile, the songs of Bob Dylan are set to electrify Coraki when the town hosts its inaugural Dylanfest today.

The Coraki Hotel will be the venue where 10 acts will perform at least 70 songs written by the American singer-songwriter.

“It will start calm, but later in the night it will get rocky,” promoter Darren ‘Sideshow’ Bridge said.

Mr Bridge said it took months of complex logistical work to ensure that no two artists performed the same Dylan song at the weekend.

Each of the 10 acts are expected to play at least one set of Dylan songs when the show kicks off at 2pm.

The bill will be headlined by Sydney muso Mick Hart, who has supported Bob Dylan on tour.

There will also be performances by Mick Daley and Antiquarian Filibuster, Patrick Brady, Dave Ramsey and Grant Bedford, Den Hanrahan and the Roadsters, Sara Tindley, Horace Bevan and John Glenn, Chris Harry, Dale Gilmour and Captain Freedom.

It is also expected local legend trombonist Dave ‘Crusty’ Rankin will make a guest appearance on the bill.

According to Coraki Hotel weekend manager Wayne Berghofer, the town boasts a large number of Dylan fans and there was even a chance it had the highest percentage of fans in Australia.



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