Tropical Fruits gets arty with exhibition
A FANTASTIC range of artworks were on display over the New Year period at Tropical Fruits' exhibition: Superfreak.
The Lord Mayor's Prize of $500 for first place went to South Golden Beach artist Charlie Hurcomb for his 'Vulcan 5 Rocket', a polished metallic sculpture of recycled machine parts (including a saxophone and part of a milkshake machine) glowing with its own blue internal light.
Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell was assisted in judging the artworks by comedian, Bob Downe (who also hosted the Festival's Cabaret).
The duo, along with singer Alan Cumming, who brought his recent international tour to Lismore, opened the NYE party, enjoyed by thousands of local, interstate and overseas revellers.
"The Tropical Fruits NYE Festival is one of the biggest events on the Lismore calendar," Cr Dowell said.
"Council is delighted to be a strong supporter and congratulates everyone involved in making this year such a huge success.
"The art exhibition adds another dimension to the festival and I was proud to be a judge."
As soon as the art exhibition doors were opened, a crowd of fantastically costumed patrons pressed into the gallery, made up in the Fine Arts Pavilion at Lismore Showground, and within a few hours 500 votes had been lodged for the People's Choice prize of $450.
This was taken in a landslide by internationally recognised artist Leigh Arnold of Lismore for his 2m by 3m optical illusionary mind-bender, Places to Go.
The same painting also took out the $300 second prize, while the third prize of $250 went to Blakebrookartist AñA Wojak for her stunning Blue Madonna: dunny door.
Thanks go to the Lismore City Council for their support of this project through the Community Grants Scheme 2015-16.
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