Not Archies winners announced

Ashlee Lambton's Open Category Award winning piece, Alyson Lambton

Yarra Ranges Council would like to congratulate all of the entrants, finalists and winners of the Not the Archies portrait competition.

Through August and September, Council opened entries for Not the Archies, where artists could draw, paint, sketch or collage a portrait of someone in the community they admire.

Council hosted an awards night at The Memo in Healesville on Wednesday, 30 October, where Not the Archies finalists and winners were recognised.

Junior category finalists

Winner: Hamish Lampkin, Tim Blake (My Pop) –

Highly commended: Bonnie Dillon, Bonnie Dillon and Liam (Teddy)

Finalists:

Jack Rothwell, The Mayor

Beatrix Edge, Winter (my dog)

Henry Brand, Erin-Marie

Monty Forbes, My Dad Mac Forbes

Archie Atkinsons, Dad

Chloe Grace Wilson, G-Flip

Maleka Steel, Mum- Sharni Steel

Riley Becker, Aunty Dot going to the Dreamtime

Teen category finalists

Winner: Tara Hamer, Carl Michaud

Highly commended: Jamieson Ritchie, Tony Brooks (pharmacist)

Finalists:

Aurora Edge, Kyah Barry

Madeline Sikorski, Self portrait with Mis Jackson & Tamara

Flynn Cameron, Spencer Cameron

Alana O’Brien, Alana O’Brien

Emerging category finalists

Winner: Elizabeth Lawrence, Aurora Edge

Highly commended: Miranda Clausen Lucy Foggarty “First Snow on Donna”

Finalists:

Sharna Simonis, Dr Priya J

Sharyne Doensen, Yvie

Priya Jayakulasingham, Sharna Simonis

Marimba Wilke, Rosie Smith

Open category finalists

Winner: Ashlee Lambton, Alyson Lambton

Highly commended: Noah Charters, Lisa Baird

Finalists:

Valerie Scott, “A Good Egg” Shantelle Mclachlan

Jerry Osadczuk, Marko Maksymysyn

Dani Fischer, Joe Fischer with our son, Rowan

Bev Hardidge, Ernst Fries

Yarra Ranges Mayor, Tony Stevenson, congratulated the winners and thanked every community member who submitted a painting for Not the Archies.

“We were proud to return Not the Archies to the community this year, and I’m especially proud to see that we received 235 individual artworks from our local artists,” Cr Stevenson said.

“There’s not a strict requirement of materials or subject matter, and some people’s entries to Not the Archies over the years may have been their first attempt to pick up a brush and create an image.

“That effort, of having a go and seeing your work presented publicly, can spark a love of creating art and could set someone on the track of forging an artistic career.

“Putting yourself and your art out there can be difficult, but so rewarding for yourselves and others. Congratulations to all of our entrants, finalists and winners on taking that step.”

Not the Archies Open Category winner, Ashlee Lambton, with Mayor Tony Stevenson

Not the Archies Open Category winner, Ashlee Lambton, with Mayor Tony Stevenson

All Not the Archies entrants have been hung in shopfronts through Yarra Glen and Healesville as part of the Not the Archies Street Gallery.

Cr Stevenson said that voting remains open for the Audience Choice award – where members of the public can vote for a specific artwork, using a four-digit code that accompanies each painting.

“If any of these artworks caught your eye, I encourage you to visit the Not the Archies website and cast your vote for the Audience Choice award,” he said.

The Street Gallery will remain up until 15 November, when voting closes.

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