Grafton High captain's legacy lives on in art exhibition

GRAFTON High School's Go Art exhibition and sale is a celebration of outstanding work by both student and adult artists.

For some, it may also be a bittersweet event this year.

The upcoming exhibition is the first in which the Lewis Ellem 'Most Outstanding Art Award' will be given since the death of the man in whose honour it is named.

Grafton High School Parents and Citizens Association president Richard Green said when the annual exhibition was established in 2013, it was only fitting the major prize would be named in honour of the school's oldest living captain, Mr Ellem.

He was so taken with the idea he decided to donate towards the award prize money in following years.

READY TO GO: President of Grafton High School P&C; and Go Art organiser Richard Green with some of the early entries for GO Art to be held next weekend.
READY TO GO: President of Grafton High School P&C; and Go Art organiser Richard Green with some of the early entries for GO Art to be held next weekend. Adam Hourigan

Mr Ellem died in August last year at the age of 98, but his family has offered to continue to contribute, meaning his legacy will live on.

"We'll be thinking about the good he did for the school and the local community," Mr Green said.

And while the major prize category is open to adults only, there is plenty of incentive for budding artists to enter in the open section.

As well as a range of prizes, the unique event offers students the chance to exhibit works alongside a variety of established artists from the Clarence Valley and beyond.

Mr Green said he expected all schools in the region to be represented at the exhibition.

"It is terrific encouragement for youth to enter alongside adults," he said.

"We're getting fantastic artworks of all kinds; landscapes, portraits and more.

Entries for the Go Art exhibition, which will run from June 6-8 at the Grafton High School multipurpose centre, close today.

For more information, phone 6642 3207 or 0408 418 486.



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