Bentley Art Prize co-ordinator Helen Trustum sorts through some of this year’sentries at the Bentley Hall.
Bentley Art Prize co-ordinator Helen Trustum sorts through some of this year’sentries at the Bentley Hall. JERAD WILLIAMS

Broad mix have brush with fame

PORTRAITS of a diverse mix of people, including Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, American golfer Tiger Woods, English punk rocker Sid Vicious and Richmond Valley mayor Col Sullivan have been entered in this year’s Bentley Art Prize.

The breadth of entries, of which there are more than 600, is one of the charms of the art prize, which is conducting its 26th judging from today through to Sunday.

“We have over 20 entries for the portrait section, which has to be drawn using charcoal or pencil,” co-ordinator Helen Trustum said.

The portrait prize, worth $500, is one of a number of categories up for judging tomorrow.

The main prize, worth $1000 from Tursa, is the open art category, closely followed by the acquistion prize from the Casino RSM Club, also worth $1000.

Accompanying the art show tomorrow will be markets and entertainment to help entertain the crowd.

The art show is the biggest event of the year for Bentley.

“It’s also possibly the biggest art show on the Northern Rivers. I think people like the country atmosphere,” Mrs Trustum said.

Judging the main prize will be Ballina’s David Mackay-Harrison, while Gerry Willis, Darcy McFadden and Lorraine Vidler will judge other categories.



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