More than 700 people descended on the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries on Saturday night for a street party to celebrate the start of the South West’s premier art exhibition.
The work of 50 emerging, mid-career and senior artists from across the region was revealed for the 26th annual South Western Times Survey.
Northcliffe artist Tony Windberg was announced as the winner of the Survey’s Bendigo Bank Best Overall Award for the second time.
Windberg, who also won the overall award in 2011, said it was an honour to win again.
“It is a real lifesaver to have this lovely injection of income — it really keeps the ball rolling, ” he said.
Windberg’s two winning pieces, Harvest Red and Harvest Gold, were created using natural materials including bluegum, karri and casuarina charcoal, marri resin and karri ash.
Artists Thomas Heidt and Robert Ewing took out the BHP Billiton Worsley Alumina Awards for Excellence.
Heidt was also presented with the Teede Acquisitive Award to cap a successful night.
The South’s Emerging Artist Award was won by Jillian Warnock, while Monique Tippett received the City of Bunbury Art Collection Committee Acquisitive Award.
Artsource chief executive Gavin Buckley said the strong attendance for the opening night was indicative of an incredible interest in the visual arts among the South West community.
See pictures from the big night in Thursday’s South Western Times