Artists start work on FEHVA portrait prize

Shobhan Oliver starts her portrait of Di Morrissey at the FEHVA 2009 portrait sitting last Saturday.
Shobhan Oliver starts her portrait of Di Morrissey at the FEHVA 2009 portrait sitting last Saturday.
Some of the region’s most talented and emerging artists gathered in the Bangalow Catholic Hall last Saturday for the annual FEHVA portrait prize sitting.
 Best selling Australian author Di Morrissey and renowned Australian artist James Guppy were the portrait subjects.
“Both were fabulous subjects with artists having the opportunity to chat, sketch, paint and photograph, with a view to presenting the portraits in variety of mediums” FEHVA co-ordinator Lisa O’Meara said.
“Angus McDonald who currently has a portrait hanging in the Archibald’s, agreed to mentor three young, emerging artists who are submitting artwork for this year’s prize. “
The young artists are Nell Pearson who is on a scholarship at the Julian Ashton School of Art (the same school that Angus studied at); Liam Van Dugteren, a student from Lismore TAFE and Charlotte Kippax from St John’s Woodlawn.
There are two $1000 prizes on offer - $1,000 to the winner of each portrait.
Artists have until Sunday, May 17 to complete their portrait and send in an electronic image.
The final artwork will then be delivered to the Bangalow A & I Hall on May 20 where all portraits will be on exhibition for public viewing from May 23.
 James Guppy’s portrait will be judged by Susi Muddiman - director of the Tweed River Art Gallery and Di Morrissey’s portrait will be judged by James Guppy and Di herself.
The winners of the portrait prize will be announced at the FEHVA festival opening and awards night at the A & I Hall on May 25.
 FEHVA is the annual flagship event for the Buttery Fundraising through the Arts Program.
Funds raised from the event will support the important rehabilitation work being done by The Buttery.
Tickets to all FEHVA events can be purchased from Jetset Travel Byron Bay (phone 66856262).
For more information go to the FEHVA website at

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