Artists bring out best

THE art has been hung and the entries have been judged — now the public are invited to take in the Camden Art Prize exhibition.

Now in its 37th year, the competition attracts entrants from all over Australia. It will be open to the public for a week from Friday night at the Camden Civic Centre.

Publicity officer Eva Campbell said 284 works had been entered this year.

A new category, the Marjory Baker Memorial Prize, will be a big drawcard. Named in honour of the late Camden artist, the category was designed to "inspire local young artists to show their own work," Mrs Campbell said.

"[Mrs Baker] was an inspiring artist herself and she was so encouraging of others in their artist pursuits."

Mrs Campbell said the Camden branch of the Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society (ADFAS) had chosen to honour Mrs Baker, a foundation member, by sponsoring the category.

"For the Art Prize to now be linked to ADFAS is brilliant," she said, describing the exhibition as "stunning".

This year's judges are Paul Delprat, the grandson of Australian artist Julian Ashton; and Christopher Browne, who teaches at the Julian Ashton School.

The exhibition opens to the public on Friday at 7.30pm and will be open each day until May 11. Entry is free.

The winners will be announced at Friday's official opening. See next week's Advertiser for details.

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