Pauline Bekker won first prize in the Landscape category with her painting Kirstenbosch gardens.
GEORGE NEWS - The excitement at the opening of the Vibrant Visions art competition held by the Southern Cape Association for the Visual Arts (Scava) at the George Museum last week Wednesday was palpable. The competition has now been established as an annual event and was greatly enjoyed by artists and art lovers.
The winners in the various categories were announced and the necessary acknowledgements were made.
The winner in the Landscape category was Pauline Bekker with a painting titled Kirstenbosch gardens. Ken Smith came first in the Abstract category with The Boys in a River; Elaine de Jongh won first prize in the Wildlife category with her painting titled Lazy Bones; and Althea Oelofse won the Portraiture ca-tegory with a portrait of Koos van der Merwe titled Foundry man.
Each of the winners received a R1 000 cash prize, the runners up won R750 and third prize winners each got R250.
Deputy Chairman Karin Combrink thanked the George Museum for offering their premises and, while addressing the audience, said the fact that Scava is able to use the museum for exhibitions means that it is now also a venue where culture and the arts truly flourish.
The absence of Scava Chairman Ken Smith and the secretary, Bella Smith, was noted and regretted. Speaking after the event, Ken said as soon as Bella is sufficiently strong enough after suffering a light stroke, they will be visiting the museum to view the 80 paintings that were selected.
The lively octogenarian said he was pleased at the standard of the entries received this year.
Althea Oelofse (left) won the Portraiture category with a portrait of Koos van der Merwe titled Foundry man. His wife, Barbara, thinks it is an excellent likeness and one that is deserving of the first prize in the Portraiture category. Photos: Pauline Lournes
Mitzi Rice's painting, Summer blooms, won the Floral and Still Life category of Vibrant Visions.
Elaine de Jongh won first prize in the Wildlife category with her painting titled Lazy Bones.
ARTICLE AND PHOTOS: PAULINE LOURENS, GEORGE HERALD - JOURNALIST
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