Emerald Arts Society’s annual exhibition explores expressionism

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Ava Doogan was named best in the under 10 category for her artwork. PHOTOS: Paul Gallant

By Tyler Wright

With over 230 entries – including 75 from artists under the age of 20 – the Emerald Arts Society‘s annual art exhibition was a huge success in 2022.

Participants under 20, under 15 and under 10 were able to participate in 14 categories with adults, including a new June Barnett still life category, featuring works in acrylic, watercolor, still life and photography.

More than 100 people attend the official opening night of the exhibition on Friday, October 28.

Emerald Arts Society president Glenn Hambleton said there was a lot more expressionism and abstract art in this year’s exhibition, a step away from more traditional style paintings.

“It was much brighter, much more expressionistic, much more abstract,” Hambleton said.

Hambleton said it was important to showcase the work of local artists in the hills and in Melbourne, after the pandemic shut down galleries and exhibitions shown in Victoria for the past two years.

“What a great opportunity for kids to have the courage to put themselves up, put up a painting or a photo or whatever, critique it and be told it’s a work of art wonderful.

“I think the arts are a very critical factor in community; one of the main threads for the community to be together.

The Emerald Art Society‘s annual exhibition closed on Tuesday, November 1, with some artists even able to sell their pieces.

“There were a couple [of artists] from New South Wales…we are trying to make it a bit more national,” Hambleton said.

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