BOWING OUT: Reg Hartley, 83, is retiring after 20 years as organiser of the annual Bentley Art Prize. He is expecting more than
BOWING OUT: Reg Hartley, 83, is retiring after 20 years as organiser of the annual Bentley Art Prize. He is expecting more than

Reg decides he?ll bow out of picture

By RENEE REDMOND

REG HARTLEY has only ever called two places home ? his parents' farm at Bentley and his own house right next door to it.

For the past 20 years, Reg has been organising the annual Bentley Art Prize, but this year he has announced his retirement.

"When I do things I go in boots and all, which is one of the reasons I need to give it up," the 83-year-old said.

"I'd still like to help out, but I need someone else to do all the running around."

Last year's exhibit raised $6000 for charities and the restoration of Bentley Hall.

"There are a lot of local artists in the region who come back every year to display their work. It's a great place to do it," Reg said.

This year, Reg expects more than 300 works to be exhibited at the hall in August.

"I started the art show because there were not many art exhibitions around in the 1980s," he said.

Reg's wife of 59 years, Phyllis, said she enjoyed helping Reg organise the Art Prize, which usually took them all year.

"I'm very proud of myself because last year I put together the program for the exhibits," she said.

"It took a long time because we had more than 300 pieces."

Reg adds: "After the show we write letters of thanks to people and ask if they're interested in coming again next year.

"Around January we get the entry forms printed and then Phyllis and I go around to all the local haunts where people interested in art go."

The Bentley Art Prize will be held in the Bentley Hall from August 5-7.



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