All eyes on the $35,000 prize
Two Clarence Valley artists will be a bundle of nerves today as they await the announcement of the winner of the Country Energy Art Prize for Landscape Painting.
Yamba's Jill Bradshaw and Grafton resident Amanda Wynn are both finalists in the award and will find out today if they have won the $35,000 prize.
Grafton Regional Gallery will host the gala awards presentation, while an exhibition of all 42 finalists' work will also be officially opened.
Country Energy regional general manager Brian Glawson said the 2005 prize had been an overwhelming success for Northern Rivers artists, with the area boasting seven of the 42 finalists. Finalists were selected from 470 entries.
"We have a wealth of talented artists in the Far North Coast region and this prize proves we have much to be proud of," he said.
"Despite all of the challenges faced by regional artists, their talent, enthusiasm and passion is unparalleled."
The Country Energy Art Prize has been running since 2003 and is Australia's richest annual landscape painting award.
The exhibition opens today and will run until October 16.