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Artists take the cherry | The West Australian

The Manjimup Cherry Harmony Festival art award winners were announced at an exhibition function on Friday night.

The event was held at the Manjimup Shire Council gallery featuring submissions from across the South West.

Art award co-ordinator Fay Dunston said she was excited to see work submitted with such a wide range of styles.

“The variety of mediums was impressive,” she said.

“From traditional oils, acrylics, watercolours, to inks, encaustic, and some stunning pieces of textile weaving and stab felting.”

Ms Dunston said Pibulmun Elder and artist Sandra Hill, who judged the event, enjoyed the challenge of picking winners.

“She stated it was pleasing to be given such a difficult judging task,” she said

“She was very impressed with the variety of work, and the very high standard.”

Paula Benson won the $1500 Open Award with her painting titled Fleeing — Dread of what has come 2020.

Ms Dunston said she was looking forward to having even more people involved next year.

“We are hoping that in 2021 the opening will be available to all of our artists, sponsors, and supporters,” she said.

“Thanks go to those who missed out on an invitation and accepted the severe restrictions with grace.”

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