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22nd November, 2017

MAVIS LITTLE ARTIST OF THE YEAR OPENING


 

 

 

The Victorian Artists' Society 2017 Mavis Little Artist of the Year Award

Presented to Newport Artist 

The Victorian Artists' Society has announced Newport artist, Ray Hewitt, as the winner of the 2017 Mavis Little Artist of the Year Award with a $10,000 prize, against a strong field of thirty six exhibitors.

Ray Hewitt, Winner of the 2017 Mavis Little Artist of the Year Award

 

Ray Hewitt's passion for art began at a young age, where he regularly stayed after school to attend as many extra art classes as he could. He is currently a member of the Hobsons Bay Art Society, the Victorian Artists' Society and the Twenty Melbourne Painters. After teaching art and painting for 25 years, Ray now enjoys spending his time plein air painting. 

Left: Katie Palmer, Hannah Little, Paul Little, Ray Hewitt,
Winner of the 2017 Mavis Little Artist of the Year Award and Pru Little.

 

Eileen Mackley, President of the Victorian Artists' Society said, the sponsorship of the prestigious 'Artist of the Year Award' by The Hansen Little Foundation followed an approach by Paul Little, well known Melbourne business identity and philanthropist.

Mr Little had been introduced to the workings and the social fabric of the Victorian Artists' Society by his mother Mavis, who enjoyed in assisting in gallery duties and who was always successfully encouraging visitors to purchase members works.

Several members of the Little Family attended the opening of the exhibition and the announcement of the winner of the 2017 Mavis Little Artist of the Year Award being presented by Paul Little.

Winners of the Fellow Award for Outstanding Achievements.
Left: Raelene Sharp, also Winner of the 2017 Noel Waite AO Exhibitors Choice Award;
Judith Leman, also Winner of the 2017 Sculptor of the Year Award;
Julian Bruere, Annee Kelly and Betina Fauvel-Ogden.

 

Other Awards presented during the evening included the 2017 Sculptor of the Year Award to Judith Leman. The 2017 Noel Waite AO Exhibitors Choice Award presented to Raelene Sharp and the Design Framing of Essendon Award was presented to Adrian Johnson.

Judith Leman, Winner of the 2017 Sculptor of the Year Award

 

Judith Leman has created a series of bronze sculptures in recognition of the vital role played by Horses in the First World War as demonstrated in the 'Battle of Beersheba' 1917.  The sculptures are a unique bond between a soldier and his Equine companion.

Ms Mackley said the renewing of a unique relationship between the Little Family and the Victorian Artists' Society through the Victorian Artists' Society Mavis Little Artist of the Year Award has provided the current generation of artists with a special link to our brushstrokes of history and a great aspiration in the future.

Victorian Artists' Society President Eileen Mackley speaking at the opening of the
2017 Mavis Little Artist of the Year Award Exhibition

 

Congratulations to all who were successful in being selected for the 2017 Mavis Little Artist of the Year Award Exhibition -

Bruce Baldey - Julian Bruere - Ted Dansey - Rachel Dettmann - Rod Edelsten - Louise Foletta - Adam Frith - Jennifer Fyfe - Ray Hewitt - Mary Hyde - Don James - Adrian Johnson - Annee Kelly - Mike Kowalski - Gwendoline Krumins - Moira Laidlaw - Paul Laspagis - Joseph Luczynski - Barbara McManus - Anne Melloy - Faramarz Mokhtarpour - Elizabeth Moore Golding - Nathan Paramanathan - Des Parkin - Bob Pelchen - Robyn Pridham - Jo Reitze - Jennifer Scholes - Raelene Sharp - Clive Sinclair - Gregory Smith - Fred Toumayan - Maxine Wade - Erica Wagner - Ray Wilson - Ben Winspear

Sculptors of the Year Exhibitors included: 

Heather Ellis, Ivan Horacek, Judith Leman and Maxine Wain.

  

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