Dan Carlyon with his work What's the Buzz?
Dan Carlyon with his work What's the Buzz? Mara Pattison-Sowden

QAL People's Choice Awards end exhibition on a high

THE Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum has announced the inaugural QAL People's Choice Awards for the 2014 Rio Tinto Alcan Martin Hanson Memorial Art exhibition.

The winners are:

Section 1: Easel Paintings ($500): Gail Thomas with Equine Trio
Section 2: Works On Paper ($500): James Thomas Nightingale with Untitled 2
Section 3: Three Dimensional & Fibre Works ($500): Dan Carlyon with What's the Buzz?
Section 4: Digital Works ($500): Earl Haigh with Awoonga Nights

Close to 3000 visitors explored the exhibition with almost 500 people voting in the QAL People's Choice Awards competition.

One lucky voter, Angela Scheers, was also awarded a weekend trip to Heron Island just for casting her vote thanks to Queensland Alumina Limited.

"We cannot thank our Sponsors, supporters and most importantly, artists, enough for making this year's Rio Tinto Alcan Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards so brilliant," said Jo Duke, Curator of the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum.

"It has been the most amazing last five weeks and we can't wait to start it all again for next year when we celebrate the 40th anniversary of our Region's Art Awards."

The exhibition closed with the exciting announcement of the QAL People's Choice Awards winners at a private function tonight.

The gallery and museum is open from 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday and is located on the cnr of Goondoon and Bramston Sts, Gladstone.



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