Guyra TroutFest opens with art expo prize-giving

SMILES: TroutFest co-ordinator Lynne Chapman and husband Wal, Caffiends owners June and Neil Paine. Photo: Nicholas Fuller
SMILES: TroutFest co-ordinator Lynne Chapman and husband Wal, Caffiends owners June and Neil Paine. Photo: Nicholas Fuller

And it’s open!

The third annual Guyra TroutFest opened at Caffiends’ art space on Friday night, with an art expo and prize-giving.

The long weekend will see the Bowling Club turned into a marketplace; angling competitions, with a fishing school for kids, and a fishing simulator video game; tours of Guyra’s heritage; open gardens; collections of dolls and model cars; and more.

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"Tonight is a little bit of a celebration for all those people who have done a lot of work behind the scenes, and to celebrate this wonderful event,” Troutfest co-ordinator Lynne Chapman said.

Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall officially opened the festival.

“This is what country communities are all about,” Mr Marshall said.

David Mills and Northern Tablelands member Adam Marshall MP. Photo: Nicholas Fuller

David Mills and Northern Tablelands member Adam Marshall MP. Photo: Nicholas Fuller

“We’re doing something positive; we’re promoting our community; we’ve got a great event coming.

“This event, I think, has huge potential to grow into something that hopefully will one day rival the Celtic Festival. It’s already bigger than the Autumn Festival in Armidale!  Never, ever doubt that these sort of events can’t become huge events.”

Armidale Regional Council mayor Cr Simon Murray said: “This is going to roll and roll and roll, so let's keep the momentum going, keep the enthusiasm going, and hopefully we can really make something of this!”

Jenny Cumming, Dorothy Vickery, Armidale Regional Council Mayor Cr Simon Murray. Photo: Nicholas Fuller

Jenny Cumming, Dorothy Vickery, Armidale Regional Council Mayor Cr Simon Murray. Photo: Nicholas Fuller

Prizes were presented to the winners of the art competition.

Entries were received from all over New England, and as far away as the Sunshine Coast and Lismore.

"We've just been blown away by the interest that we've had, and the standard of the work was amazing,” Mrs Chapman said. “That was commented on by the judges!"

Guyra Lions Club president Jim Betts and his wife Joyce. Photo: Nicholas Fuller

Guyra Lions Club president Jim Betts and his wife Joyce. Photo: Nicholas Fuller

Prize winners included artists from Guyra, Armidale, and Tamworth, with entries in all six categories.

“We [Guyra] can set ourselves apart by saying: Look at the art,” Cr Murray said.  “I'm so glad to see local people here that have done art work.”

Claire Flynn, mother Sarah Mills, and Jo Dullaway. Photo: Nicholas Fuller

Claire Flynn, mother Sarah Mills, and Jo Dullaway. Photo: Nicholas Fuller

Awards:

Category 1: Water colours

(Sponsor: Dot Vickery)

1st: Marg Duncan

2nd: Lynne Corbett Calala

Highly Commended: Judy Baxter, Jan Lewis, Rhonda March

Marg Duncan, 1st prize winner, Water Colours section. Photo: Nicholas Fuller

Marg Duncan, 1st prize winner, Water Colours section. Photo: Nicholas Fuller

Category 2: Oils and Acrylics

(Sponsor: Caffiends)

1st: Brian Irving

2nd: Kay Smith

Highly Commended: Bronwen Roberts, Alanna Mason, and June Smith

Kay Smith (2nd prize) and Brian Irving (1st prize), Oils and Acrylics. Photo: Nicholas Fuller

Kay Smith (2nd prize) and Brian Irving (1st prize), Oils and Acrylics. Photo: Nicholas Fuller

Category 3: Drawing, any medium

(Sponsor: Lions)

1st and 2nd: Justin Dwyer

Highly Commended: Mary Quinn, Alanna Mason

Category 4: Print making

(Sponsor: Guyra Vet Services)

1st: Mary Quinn

2nd: Lynne Corbett

Category 5: Sculpture, Collage Ceramics

(Regional Australia Bank sponsor)

1st: Graeme Newton

2nd: Dan Kerr

Highly commended: Graeme Newton

Category 6: Photography

(Sponsor: Regional Australia Bank)

1st and 2nd: Virginia Ward

Highly Commended: Louise Neale, Wal Chapman

Virginia Ward (right), 1st and 2nd prize Photography, with her husband Sam. Photo: Nicholas Fuller

Virginia Ward (right), 1st and 2nd prize Photography, with her husband Sam. Photo: Nicholas Fuller

Infants

(Sponsor: Hairy Tales)

Harley Ferguson

Primary

(Sponsor: Vu from Guyra Pharmacy)

Karleah Alefosio, Eleizabeth Evers, Angus Dulloway, Emily Adams, Bree Wilson, Kiearnna Wadley, Amber Hayes, Tyler

SMILES: Eleizabeth Evers, Angus Dulloway, and Kiearnna Wadley, prize winners in the Primary School section. Photo: Nicholas Fuller

SMILES: Eleizabeth Evers, Angus Dulloway, and Kiearnna Wadley, prize winners in the Primary School section. Photo: Nicholas Fuller

Secondary

(Sponsor: Warren McGowan)

Jamie Laob, Fletercher Richardson, Bronte Stanley, Claire Flynn, Robert Sisson.

Claire Flynn, prize winner in the Secondary School section. Photo: Nicholas Fuller

Claire Flynn, prize winner in the Secondary School section. Photo: Nicholas Fuller

Art works are on display at Caffiends until October 1.