Bentley Art Prize volunteer and exhibiting artist Meg Nielsen pictured hanging her work titled Storm Over Mucklewee while judges David Lane and Brian Lucas begin their task and coordinator Helen Trustum attends to administration.
Bentley Art Prize volunteer and exhibiting artist Meg Nielsen pictured hanging her work titled Storm Over Mucklewee while judges David Lane and Brian Lucas begin their task and coordinator Helen Trustum attends to administration. Northern Star/Jacklyn Wagner

Bentley artist 'creates' a storm

A STORM rolling in over Mount Mucklewee was the scene that Bentley artist Meg Nielsen hoped would win her a prize in her home village's biggest event of the year.

The Bentley Art Prize opens today with 550 art works on display at the humble Bentley Hall on Kyogle Road, about 20 minutes out of Lismore.

The event holds a special place in the heart of Mrs Nielsen because she is also one of the team of volunteers who helps pull it together every year.

“It's wonderful and I love to paint and draw. Everyone in my family has always painted,” she said.

“And when I saw that storm coming in, that happened the same day as the big Lismore hailstorm, I thought 'this is something serious' so I took a photo and painted it.”

Unfortunately Mrs Nielsen didn't win, but was happy to be a part of the 24th annual event.

The community is invited to attend the Bentley Art Prize today and tomorrow at the hall.



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