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16th August, 2017


Victorian Artists' Society August Exhibitions

Portrait Exhibition Opening

2017 Nada Hunter Portraiture Award 

Saturday 12 August - Tuesday 22 August 2017

Gallery: Frater, Hammond and McCubbin


Last night the Victorian Artists' Society officially opened the Annual Portrait Exhibitions featuring the Nada Hunter Portraiture Award and the Norma Bull Portraiture Scholarship celebrating portraiture in all genres.  Both Portrait Exhibitions display an inspiring array of talent by some of Victoria's emerging and established artists skilfully capturing the human spirit.   

The winner of the Nada Hunter Portraiture Award for 2017 is Gwendoline Krumins for her work titled Peter.  

Highly Commended Awards were presented to Dinny Birrell, Ray Wilson, Pilar de la Torre, Lisa Wang, Margaret Gurney and Elizabeth Moore Golding.


Victorian Artists' Society Portrait Exhibition Award Winners
Left: Elizabeth Moore-Golding - Highly Commended Award; Pilar de la Torre - Highly Commended Award; Ray Wilson - Highly Commended Award; Dinny Birrell - Highly Commended Award; Gwendoline Krumins 2017 Winner of the Nada Hunter Portraiture Award; Christine Wrest Smith, Judge for the Portrait Exhibitions and Margaret Gurney - Highly Commended Award.


2017 Winner of the Nada Hunter Portraiture Award

Gwendoline Krumins winning artwork - Peter
2017 Winner of the Nada Hunter Portraiture Award


Gwendoline Krumins

Artist Statement

Travelling the world constantly, many scenes along the way stimulates my imagination, especially interesting characters in the streets.

Sketching and photographing throughout my journeys assist me in developing my work back in the studio. My visual memories invoke the essence that the camera was unable to capture, whilst journal entries record sensations of my experiences.

With a strong passion toward portraiture, one day a week I work before a model with the Friday Group Painters in the Victorian Artists' Society's studio.

Through the VAS & MSWPS exhibitions and Rotary Art Shows, I have received numerous commendations and since 2004 I have had three solo shows.

I also teach drawing, oils and pastel from my studio in Strathmore, holding occasional workshops with my students.


Highly Commended Artists works in the 2017 Nada Hunter Portraiture Award


Dinny Birrell - Phoebe

Ray Wilson - David

Pilar de la Torre - Self Portrait in a Cold Studio

Lisa Wang - Live Study 1

Margaret Gurney - Look at Me Self Portrait

Elizabeth Moore Golding - Jack


Norma Bull Portraiture Scholarship Award Exhibition

Saturday 12 August - Tuesday 22 August 2017

Gallery: Cato

The Winner of the Norma Bull Portraiture Scholarship is Rachel Dettmann for her work titled Portrait of Greg Smith.


Rachel Dettmann with her winning artwork Portrait of Greg Smith
2017 Winner of the Norma Bull Portraiture Scholarship 

2017 Winner of the Norma Bull Portraiture Scholarship

Rachel Dettmann

Artist Statement

Rachel Dettmann, VAS country Member.

Rachel is a representational painter, working from life in oils.

Recognised for Portraits, Still Life, Landscapes and Floral work

Feature artist demonstrator, Moonee Valley Art Show 2016

Winner of the Hugh Ramsay Award - G.R. Smith School of Painters 2016

Box Hill Rotary Stoll award recipient

Currently studying at the G.R. Smith School of Painters Strathmore



Portrait Painters In Action! 

11.00am - 4.00pm Sunday 20 August 2017

Portrait painters will be demonstrating the process of painting a portrait from life models.

Please join us on Sunday for Portrait Painting and a light afternoon tea.





Victorian Artists' Society Opening Hours:

10.00am - 4.00pm weekdays

1.00pm - 4.00pm weekends during Exhibitions

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Victorian Artists' Society: 9662 1484 

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