Daphne Dux, from Rosebank, offers some words of wisdom to two of the youngest winners of the Bentley Art Prize awards, Emily Bryant from Evans Head, and Jack Barwick from Ellangowan Public School.
Daphne Dux, from Rosebank, offers some words of wisdom to two of the youngest winners of the Bentley Art Prize awards, Emily Bryant from Evans Head, and Jack Barwick from Ellangowan Public School. CATHY ADAMS

Dux wins Bentley awards

DAPHNE DUX, of Rosebank, will enjoy a special birthday today after coming away with two awards from the 26th Bentley Art Prize on the weekend.

The octogenarian was awarded second prize in the Aboriginal Painting Prize section with her work Space Oditty, and highly commended in the Golden Oldies Prize for artists over 70 years of age with Patience.

“I’ve been painting since I was 76 and I’m 82 now,” she said.

“I like dotting as I can’t draw a straight line.

“I can make a picture with dots.”

Ms Dux is in her fourth year of an Aboriginal art design course at Lismore TAFE and has found painting a wonderfully relaxing pastime.

“I was diagnosed with cancer at 70 and I wanted to find something to do,” she said.

“You’re never too old to learn, and never too young to start.”

From the oldest to one of the youngest winners, Jack Barwick of Ellangowan Public School was awarded Champion Boy Artist with his painting of a butcher bird.

“I feel pretty good,” he said.

“This is the first time I’ve been in the Bentley Art Prize, and butcher birds are my favourites.”

Champion Girl Artist was Emily Bryant of Evans Head with her work Paradise at Sunset.

The Bentley Art Prize has its dedicated followers with Richmond Valley mayor Col Sullivan and former Lismore mayor Merv King to name a few, having attended every event since its inception 25 years ago.

Organiser Helen Trustum was described as a ‘national treasure’ for all her hard work.

Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell said the Northern Rivers had more artists per square kilometre ‘than we could poke a stick at’: “And these events are what help encourage art in this area.”



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