Alison Martin of Tuncester with some of the artwork on show.
Alison Martin of Tuncester with some of the artwork on show.

Bentley hall fills with art

TRUE to form, a dedicated handful of farmers worked tirelessly to put the annual Bentley Art Prize on again this year.

Between bulls and sorting out 700 artwork entries from around Australia, event co-ordinator Helen Trustum was living two lives in the lead-up to the event last week.

"We also had a bull sale and I had to juggle that while entries were closing," she said.

"People were visiting the sale but I didn't know if they were there to see the bulls or to pick up entries."

The three-day exhibition finished yesterday and was one of Bentley's biggest and Ms Trustum was overwhelmed by its size.

"I've created such a big monster, it's amazing. I don't think I'm ever going to get out of organising it," she said.

Christine Porter won the Tursa Open Art Prize category and Robert Robertson took out the RSM Acquisition Prize, receiving $1000 each.

Spring Grove artist Nancy Nowlan also sold her gum leaf painting during the exhibition.

"My family told me to put enough on it so it wouldn't sell because they wanted it, but I'll just have to do another one for them," she said.

The friendly family atmosphere at Bentley Art Prize set it apart from other art competitions, Ms Trustum said.

"It gives the lesser-known artists a bit of a go and it's a wonderful community event that every- one loves to get involved in."



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