Maclean artist wins $1000 first prize at school exhibition
THE $1000 major prize at the fourth annual Go Art Exhibition has gone to Maclean artist Malcolm King.
His colourful and lively painting Regatta caught the eye of exhibition judge Rochelle Summerfield.
Go Art co-ordinator Richard Green, who is also the vice president of the Grafton High School P&C, said the exhibition continues to grow in importance to the local art scene and in value to the his organisation's coffers.
"This year we had more than 340 entries in total with more than 100 coming from professional artists in the community," Mr Green said.
"We also had more than 200 entries from school students from all over the Valley."
Mr Green said the name of the exhibition stood for Grafton Open as it was open to any artists.
"We've even had artists from Brisbane entering this year," he said.
"We feel it's very encouraging for the students to see their works in the same exhibition as professional artists.
"We had one student enter an adult category this year and I believe he won an award."
Grafton High School principal Peter South said Go Art was important to the school financially and culturally.
"This year we have even more sponsors on board, and that's what you need to make events successful," he said.
Mr Green said the P&C receives a percentage from each sale of an artwork at the exhibition.
The exhibition continues until 3pm on Monday.