Artist out on a limb with Dr Seuss-type piece
CHRISTINE Holden compared one of her artworks entered into the Rio Tinto Alcan Martin Hanson Memorial Arts Awards with a Dr Seuss bird cage - something you would find in Whooville.
So she was pleasantly surprised when the piece, Out on a Limb, was awarded second place in the Three Dimensional Fibre Works category.
The main prize of $15,000 was won by Martin King.
Ms Holden, of Boyne Island, has entered the awards for the past four years, but this was the first year she placed.
The three-dimensional piece was made from driftwood, fishing line, wire and seeds.
"I just love nature and using natural and man-made materials to create something," she said.
The materials for the work were collected during a three-month holiday with her family in the Northern Territory.
The driftwood, in the shape of a bird, inspired her to make a piece of art work.
"It's just something I did. It took hours to make," she said.
Ms Holden has practised the weaving technique for eight years, but she has been making art her whole life.
"You try lots of things throughout your life and if you're lucky enough you'll find something that you'll come back to all the time.
"It's (weaving) what I love doing."
There were 58 entrants in the Three Dimensional and Fibre Works category.
Award judge Marian Drew noted the "clever use of materials" in Out on a Limb.
Ms Drew said the works in the exhibition were "world standard".
"Art can change the way people think and feel ... it happens without even realising it," she said.
Winners of this year's Rio Tinto Alcan Martin Hanson Memorial Arts Awards were announced on Saturday night at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum.
The exhibition will run until December 11.
Viewers are encouraged to vote for the People's Choice Award on the iPads at the gallery before December 11.
Rio Tinto Alcan Martin Hanson Memorial Art Award $15,000: Martin King
South Gladstone Rotary Club / Multitrade Youth Emergent Artist Award $1,500: Celina McMahon
Murri Artist Award sponsored by Elizabeth and Leo Zussino $1,000: Belynda (Bindi) Waugh
Yaralla Sports Club Local Artist Award $1,000: Leanne Cole
The Installers Choice Memorial Award $250: Dan Carlyon
SECTION 1: EASEL PAINTINGS
The LauraLou Jay Memorial Award $2,000: Jan Breckwoldt
Christian Thomsen Award $1,000: Kairen Kerr
Gladstone Picture Framing (Open Order) Award $500: Jennifer McDuff
SECTION 2: WORKS ON PAPER
Australia Pacific LNG Award $2,000: Henri van Noordenburg
Elders Gladstone Award $1,000: Cleo Wilkinson
Wide Bay Australia Award $500: Penny Mason
SECTION 3: THREE DIMENSIONAL & FIBRE WORKS
Gladstone Ports Corporation Award $2,000: Clinton Cross
Trevor McMaster Refrigeration Award $1,000: Christine Holden
Queensland Energy Resources Ltd. Award $500: Dominic Garcia
SECTION 4: DIGITAL WORKS
Stage & Audio Award $2,000: Stephen Frost
CQUniversity Award $1,000: Lynn Clifford
HPD Creative Award $500: Amala Groom