Biggest little art comp at Bentley
THERE aren't many towns as tiny as Bentley which host art competitions as big.
Each year, artworks pour into the small farming town, 10km north-east of Casino, to be exhibited in its only hall as part of The Bentley Art Prize.
"We get entries from all over the North Coast, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast," Bentley Art Prize co-ordinator Helen Trustum said.
"It's the biggest event in the area, second only to Casino Beef Week."
This year, Ms Trustum expected 700 entries - a tad more than the 75 artworks received for the first Bentley Art Prize 27 years ago - in multiple categories, including drawing, scrap book, student art, Aboriginal art, kids art, photography and golden oldies.
"A lot of the time we have mum, dad and the kids entering," Ms Trustum said.
Two years ago, artist Gloria Gosling moved to Casino and was inspired by the diversity of people she found participating in the Bentley Art Prize.
This year, the experienced artist will enter seven artworks, one of which consists of three paintings on a canvas and has driftwood from the ocean placed around its border.
"I found quite a lot of driftwood down here at Evans Head," Ms Gosling said.
Ms Trustum said the Bentley Art Prize's diversity allowed it to receive unique entries which other local art competitions may not.
Winners of the Tursa Open Painting Prize and Casino RSM Acquisition Prize categories will receive $1000 each and International Artist magazine editor Helen Grant will judge all categories except photography, which will be decided by the Northern Star's chief photographer, Jacklyn Wagner.