Richmond mayor in picture
THE face of Richmond Valley mayor Col Sullivan was the inspiration for an entry in this year's Bentley Art Prize.
This year the contest announced a new drawing category for portraits of well-known, inspiring people.
Artist Pauline Petzold, of Casino, lives next door to the mayor.
“I thought I would like to do one of Col,” she said.
Mrs Petzold said Cr Sullivan was a very ‘pleasant and caring person' who had served the community for many years, and that was why she felt he was a worthy subject matter.
The portrait, titled Mayoral Duties, was drawn with Conte pastels, a fine drawing chalk, in a realistic style.
“I hope it is realistic,” Mrs Petzold said.
“People who see it know it's him.”
Mrs Petzold, who describes herself as a self-taught, hobby artist last year won first prize in the amateur section for a painting of two snails on a cabbage, titled Road Rage.
Prize co-ordinator Helen Trustum said the prize was special because it often drew entries in its various categories from entire families.
“It really brings families together,” Mrs Trustum said.
She has co-ordinated the prize for five years and said it was growing every year, with 700 entries submitted last year.
“It's becoming very popular,” Mrs Trustum said.
Last year, entries came from the Northern Rivers, the Northern Tablelands and north-east Queensland.
The 36th Bentley Art Prize runs from August 6 to 8 and offers $8500 worth of prizemoney.
It has 14 sections and one scholarship.
The Tursa Open Painting Prize and Casino RSM Club Acquisition Painting Prize offer prizemoney of $1000 each.
The scholarship is an encouragement award for a non-winning entrant to be used at the Grafton Artsfest in September.
Mrs Petzold works from a studio at the Casino Village RV Resort, which is a shared space for artists. The studio is open on Mondays from 9.30am to 12.30pm and Thursdays 9.30am to noon.
Entries close on July 28 and an entry form can be downloaded from the Richmond Valley Council website.
For more information contact Helen Trustum on 6663 5283, or at email@example.com.