Artist Margaret Olley inspires still life painting competition

Margaret Olley was known for her still life paintings. Photo: John McRae at the National Portrait Gallery.

The Giant Pumpkin and Watermelon Festival in Kyogle may be five months away but for those wanting to enter the Still Life Painting Prize, it isn’t a lot of time to get your artwork ready.

The painting prize pays homage to Australian artist Margret Olley who was known for her colourful, playful still life paintings. Olley was born in Lismore in 1923 and spent the early years of her life living at Horseshoe Creek, Kyogle.  

Still life by Margaret Olley.

This year’s entries to the Still Life Painting Prize will be on exhibition at the Roxy Gallery from January 18–February 11.

And there’s plenty of prizes this year.

Senior (18+): $500

Intermediate (High School aged 12-18 years): $150

Junior (Primary School 5–12 years): $100

An entry from a previous year of the festival.

There are also prizes in the Hard Craft Competition made from timber, the Woodwork Competition and the Soft Craft Competition.

Entry forms can be picked up from the Roxy Gallery, Clay Corner, Kyogle Crafts, Kyogle Farmers Market, Kyogle Pop Up Visitor information Centre, Kyogle Work Wear & Apparel, Bonalbo Art Group, Powicks Cafe in Bonalbo, Casino Art Gallery, Woodenbong Mitre 10, Mallanganee Post Office or at the Summerland Giant Pumpkin and Watermelon Festival Facebook page.

Return completed entry forms by December 15 to Roxy Gallery, Clay Corner or PO Box 795 Kyogle 2474 to be accepted into the competition.

Contact Caroline on 0459 401 568 for further details or questions.

The Giant Pumpkin and Watermelon Festival is on January 20 in Kyogle.

Previous winners at the Pumpkin Festival. Photos: Susanna Freymark
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