Eltham Public School students (From front left) James Potteri, 7, Zac McNabb, 8, Chloe Johnstone, 8, (From front left) Alexandra Mison, 12, Sarah Herington, 11, Finlay Winfield, 8 (on ladder), Brooke Cockrem, 5, Sam Kennedy, 8, and Gabe Mison, 8.
Eltham Public School students (From front left) James Potteri, 7, Zac McNabb, 8, Chloe Johnstone, 8, (From front left) Alexandra Mison, 12, Sarah Herington, 11, Finlay Winfield, 8 (on ladder), Brooke Cockrem, 5, Sam Kennedy, 8, and Gabe Mison, 8. Cathy Adams

Students become 'backyard' artists

JUDGING begins today in the Eltham Art Awards, which this year drew 80 entries.

Paintings and photographs by the 44 students at Eltham Public School and several high schools are hanging at the school alongside work by local artists and are available for purchase throughout the weekend.

The theme for this year was My Backyard, said event co-ordinator Amanda Reichelt-Brushett.

"Entrants didn't have to focus on the backyard they live in, but could expand the idea to the whole of the Northern Rivers," Ms Reichelt-Brushett said.

Some of the titles the children gave their works contained whole stories in themselves.

They include Backyard Secrets, Still Sunset and Van Gogh's Violets. Festivities begin at 6pm tonight with an announcement of the awards, which offer prizes of art supplies and cash and a $600 windfall to the winner of the open section - all covered thanks to the generosity of sponsors, Ms Reichelt-Brushett said.

"So the money raised from the sale of the artworks, entry fees and Saturday's bazaar will all go to the school's culture club," the McLeans Ridges resident said.

Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell will present the prizes at 11am tomorrow.



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