ST PAUL'S Art Prize show and sale attracted a record number of paintings this year from local artists.
Art Prize co-ordinator Ian Smith said 164 paintings in a wide range of styles from 48 artists in the Bendigo region were exhibited at St Paul’s in Myers Street from Friday to Sunday.
Castlemaine artist Catherine Tait won first prize and Jane Coborn, of Neilborough, won second prize. Eight artists were highly commended.
Seventy-five people attended the opening night on Friday, and about the same number had visited during the show, Mr Smith said.
The parish was pleased with the show, he said, which attracted entries from established artists as well as those who had little exhibition experience.
“They were very good entries,” he said.
“Quite a few had not been in any exhibitions before and were exhibiting for the first time with us.
“It lets other people know what sort of work they do. It’s sharing all round.”
Andrew Apostolou of Bendigo bought Tait’s winning oil painting, Castlemaine shops, evening light before it was judged the winner. He said he was not an art collector but “its style struck me”.
“It’s abstract, but not so abstract that you can’t tell what it is,” he said.
Tait has won more than 24 awards for her art.
Kennington artist and Bendigo Art Society secretary Bruce Ramage has been exhibiting at the St Paul's show since it began.
He said the society was gearing up for its 19th annual exhibition weekend, which starts on November 15 at Dudley House at 7pm.