"Bursting with pride" is how I feel right now, because my girl Pammy has just won a 'highly commended' award on the opening night of the GreenWay Art Prize, which is held at Art Est Gallery in Leichhardt, and is now in its 5th year.
And a lovely little bit of icing on the cake was that the award was presented to Pam by the only local councillor we know, Chris Woods (he's an old friend I've known for more than 40 years). When Chris "opened the envelope" (in award-speak), the delight on his face was wonderful to see – "I actually know the 'highly recommended' winner, she's a good friend of mine" he said – then he announced Pam as the winner of the 'highly recommended award for the painting below, a watercolour of gum bark.
|Gum Bark © Pamela Horsnell 2014|
If you want to get along to the Art Est gallery to see the truly impressive array of artworks on display (not just paintings, the overall winner of the main prize was a video-art piece), you can visit the Art Est Gallery Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 10am to 9pm; Thursday and Friday, 10am to 5pm; Saturdays 9.30am to 1pm.
It's at Art Est Gallery, Studio 4, 67-69 Lords Road, Leichhardt (which is a short walk from Leichhardt Marketown, for those who know the area).