Goondiwindi Art Show bold and beautiful but where were the nudes?

Art judge Dr Paolo Magagnoli with Aspects Chief Steward, Susie Kelly with artist Ken Munsie's winning entry.
Art judge Dr Paolo Magagnoli with Aspects Chief Steward, Susie Kelly with artist Ken Munsie's winning entry.

It was bold. It was beautiful. It had near record numbers.

The standard of the work, exceptional.

It helped ‘foster” a sense of community…

But, where were the nudes?

It was the only intsy-teenie question mark over the Show according to judge Dr Paolo Magagnoli, a lecturer in Art History from the University of Queensland.

We presume it was only tongue-in-cheek, no pun intended, or maybe not?

Our only sugestion is get painting now.

“We coudln’thave been happier with the exhibition,” Committee President, Susie Kelly said.

“For a regional art show, Aspects has the punch and the credibility artists are looking for. There’s tremendous prize money but artists get to exhibit where they can be noticed, and sales are plentiful.” It’s also a boon for local artists and the community.

“Aspects provides a central access point for our community to experience visual arts, to access its diversity, be challenged and stimulated by it.

“It gives our local artists an opportunity to showcase their works and to be inspired by the techniques and subjects of artists who exhibit from afar.

But a highlight was the success of 96 year-old artist Wendy Travers. She won second prize in the local section.

“She recently moved to our district to be closer to her son Peter and his family, she resides at Kaloma.

“She told me she studied at art school and tried earnestly to gain employment in a number of positions within the art world but was repeatedly turned down - because she was a woman.

“Ultimately, she retrained, as a nurse, and worked as a nurse throughout her working life.

“It’s wonderful that after all these years, retired and in an age where gender bias is a much lesser evil, Mrs Travers is enjoying her art and gaining success – and I hear, teaching art to others in Kaloma,” Susie said.

The  winners: Ken Munsie, Open Section 1st prize of $3000, Gemma King from Walcha won the Open $1000 2nd prize,and Owen Farming, with her piece “Two Up”.