Young artist captures the judges inspired approval
IT SEEMS that no-one else in Sophie Cottrill's family has much artistic talent, but it doesn't matter - she certainly makes up for that.
The Year 6 student at Teven-Tintenbar Public School took out first place in her age category at the annual Les Peterkin Portrait Prize.
It is a celebration of the artistic skills of local primary school students, and this year there was a record number of entries, with more than 3000 artworks from 31 different schools.
Sophie won the 11-13 years category with her work, Finding a Friend.
"My school enters every year," the 12-year-old said.
"I really like drawing and painting."
Sophie said she was "really surprised and excited" when she found out that she had won.
Other category winners were Suri Phan (five to seven years) and Ebony Anderson (eight to10 years), both from St Finbarrs Primary School at Byron Bay.
The winning works, along with 35 other award winning and commended works, have been professionally framed and will be on display at the Tweed River Art Gallery until November 24.
The Les Peterkin Portrait Prize is one of the Tweed River Art Gallery's most popular exhibitions.
Gallery director Susi Muddiman said this year's theme was Family and Friends, and the result was a "vibrant exhibition filled with a loving visual commentary on friendly high jinxes, celebrations and family holidays, group hugs, moments of reflection and shared dreams".