Chinchilla Show: Passing on the painter’s palette
THE first time Wesley Irwin entered his artwork into the Chinchilla Show he was 14 years old.
His entry, a pencil sketch of the singer Madonna, won him second place and, with that, he said he was hooked.
Mr Irwin went onto a career as a high school art teacher, and now for the 104th Chinchilla Show, he will bring a wealth of experience to the role of chief steward for the fine art section.
“This is my first year as chief steward of Section 15 (Fine Arts), taking over from locally renowned artist Di McIntyre, who passionately pushed the section into a new area of the pavilion and with much more prize money,” Mr Irwin said.
“Section 15 Fine Arts allows a wonderful showcase of local artistic talent. Nestled in its own special corner of the Jas Evans Pavilion the artworks from all sectors of the community are always a favourite spot for show patrons to wander, taking in the bold and beautiful tones, textures and colours.”
The new chief steward has also brought marketing expertise to the fine art fold, securing more than $1600 in total for prize money from both corporate and local businesses, including the art show’s major sponsor, Chinchilla Dental Practice.
The fine art section has eight classes open for entries, with prize money of $100 for first place and $50 for second in every category, plus an additional six special awards including Champion and Reserve Champion.
Paperwork entries for Section 15 are due by 5pm Monday, May 16.
Artworks due by 11am, Thursday, May 19.
Judging will take place on the Thursday the day before the show begins.
For a full list of fine art classes, pick up a Chinchilla Show program from the Chinchilla Showgrounds or Chinchilla Casket & Newsagency.