The Tweed River Art Gallery is currently hosting an exhibition of the 52 works of the Portia Geach Memorial Award 2011 finalists. This is the first time the Award has been exhibited outside of Sydney.
The Award was established in 1965 by Florence Kate Geach in memory of her sister, artist Portia Geach, who spent much of her life campaigning for the rights of women in Australia and was determined to make a living from painting. In 2011 the $18,000 Portia Geach Memorial Award was awarded to Braidwood artist Kate Stevens for Indian Dream, her portrait of animator, video and street artist Willy Bernardoff.
Director of Tweed River Art Gallery Susi Muddiman said, "It is gratifying to see that the Northern Rivers was well represented by three finalists - Nitza Flantz, Mahala May Magins and Michelle Dawson, who received a Highly Commended for her moving portrait of well-loved local artist Rene Bolten, titled Sparrow Man.
"The gallery is incredibly pleased to announce that this lovely work has been acquired for our collection. It is hard to imagine a more suitable work for the gallery's collection; a wonderfully sensitive work by one of the hardest-working artists in the Northern Rivers, depicting one of the most-loved artists of the region," Miss Muddiman said.
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