Mother of a choice

BELOVED Mother, a mixed-media work on canvas by Karla Dickens has taken out the Packers' Prize for the 2011 Clarence Valley Indigenous Art Award at the Grafton Regional Gallery.

The Karla Dickens multi-media work won by just one vote over the packers' second choice of Mirra-Winni Gaze's painting The Caldera Cry - 'Our water is so precious', closely followed by Brentyn Lugnan's painting Jibaanga.

Although the Packers' Prize doesn't carry any prize money it's a great honour for the winning artist.

Members of the public will have a chance to vote for their favourite work in the Peoples' Choice Award operating throughout the exhibition period which began on Wednesday.

Judging this year's exhibition will be associate curator of Indigenous Australian Art at the Queensland Art Gallery Bruce McLean, who will announce the $5000 acquisitive prize next Wednesday.

Voters in the People's Choice Award that match the winning entry go in the draw for a hamper of goodies. All voters are in for a chance at a $100 Georgie's Restaurant dinner voucher.

The winner of a further $1000 Encouragement Award will also be announced next Wednesday.

The 2011 Clarence Valley Indigenous Art Award, Danielle Burford and Baryulgil & Friends: Indigenous Students of Clarence Small Schools will be on exhibition at Grafton Regional Gallery from October 26 to December 11.

The gallery is located at 158 Fitzroy St, Grafton, and is open 10am to 4pm from Tuesday to Sunday.



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