River of Art Festival prize-winner announced

TUROSS Head artist Gillian Wilde was named the River of Art Festival art prize winner at the Narooma SoArt Gallery on Monday night.

Her work “Tollgate Petrel” is a watercolour depicting a rare for these parts seabird found on the Tollgate Islands at Batemans Bay during a bird count conducted by the Australian Seabird Group.

Gillian was the artist in residence for the expedition and the petrel was found dead on the island.

The prizes were judged by a panel of three overseen by last year’s winner Narooma artist Jenni Bourke. The prize was worth $1000.

Several highly commended awards were also handed out on Monday night including to Narooma artist Margaret Moran, Jodhi Doyle and Mandy Hillson.

Getting back to the yarn bombing and placement of the beautiful knitted river at NATA Oval – as is tradition the instigators shall remain anonymous.

The Sew and Sew group and their friends and supporters of the Eurobodalla River of Art who meet at the MACS Cottage for their craft work, unveiled the surprise under cover of darkness on Thursday night.

The wonderful textile multi-coloured river created by this group was ready for all to see as dawn broke over the inlet.

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