Bentley Art Prize coordinator Helen Trustum shows off the major winner of the 2008 Bentley Art Prize, Yokohama, by Clunes artist Katka Adams.
Bentley Art Prize coordinator Helen Trustum shows off the major winner of the 2008 Bentley Art Prize, Yokohama, by Clunes artist Katka Adams. The Northern Star

Clunes artist's message to the masses

NOT many people could name more than a couple of breeds of chooks that scratch the earth. Clunes artist Katka Adams hopes her winning Bentley Art Prize entry, Yokohama, will help educate people about the variety of animals and plants on the planet and how important it is to protect them.

Mrs Adams said there was a definite message behind her drawing of the rare Yokohama rooster that won the 2008 Tursa Open Art prize judged on Saturday.

“With meat and eggs the main need we have for chicken production these days, some beautiful birds just aren't thought of as necessary any more and aren't being bred,” she said.

Mrs Adams drew the bird from photos she took while visiting a local farm that breeds Yokohamas.

“The farmer smuggled Yokohama eggs in from Japan, where the bird originates, and offered to swap a few eggs – which are worth around $1000 each – for a few of my drawings,” she said.

Besides winning $1000 and sending a message to the community about preserving the genetic diversity of all animal species, Mrs Adams said taking part in the Bentley Art Prize had been a great way for her to meet fellow artists.

“Most artists work in isolation and rarely go out, so this show is a great opportunity for people to display their art and meet other artists,” she said.

Bentley Art Prize Coordinator Helen Trustum said she was thrilled to receive more than 600 entries across the 12 categories for this year's show.

“In 1985 we only had about 70 entries, so it just keeps growing. We also had a lot of entries from young artists in the region this year, which is very promising,” she said.

All the winning pictures from this year's show will be on display at the Casino RMS Club foyer from today until Friday.

A solo exhibition of Mrs Adams' work is scheduled for the Barrett Gallery, Alstonville, in March next year.



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