The annual Midge Point (Whitsundays mainland) Basil Sellers Art Exhibition last Saturday 17 August at the Point Tavern proved to be a great success.
33 art works were exhibited along with 10 craft displays. Judy McDonald placed titles and price on each art work – and along with Jill Liepertz rushed about engaging Channel 7 television, local radio and on-line promotions. They also scored 6 voucher raffle ticket prizes.
Meanwhile Ann Campbell’s commissioned art work of a ‘Hawk’ was on display. It was Ann Campbell who officially opened the art exhibition with a speech from Inas Jackson who has led the art exhibition for the past 7 years.
Ann Campbell is a regular artist belonging to the Bloomsbury – Midge Point – Art and Craft Group. When we are at the Basil Sellers Laguna Quays Respite cottage, Delma my wife, attends this group on a Thursday morning.
And for the first time, as this was an exhibition and not an art prize, a lot more interest was gained from the community and artists displayed art with “Not For Sale” signs.
Mr Basil Sellers AM was not able to attend this time (2019) and will be sent two of the art works - one by Ann Campbell (Hawk) and the other by Jill Liepertz (Possum at an open window).
Jill Liepertz had won three of the Basil Sellers Art Prizes, 2013, 2016 and 2017 and this painting of a possum entering the open window was purchased for the Basil Sellers Collection in Sydney. Previous other winners were Gail Passfield 2014, Margaret Pearce 2015, Betty Moxham 2018.
Delights to the eye
This annual art exhibition is a delight for the arts community - Bloomsbury and Midge Point (Whitsundays mainland). It all began in 2011 when the Basil Sellers Laguna Quays Respite cottage for missionary respite was opened. In 2013 Basil Sellers agreed to sponsor an art prize for this arty community.
This is a ‘delight’ for the local community with the Point Tavern offering their facility to host the art prize each year.
The art community ‘art exhibition’ leaders Inas Jackson, Judy McDonald and Jill Leipertz did a splendid job for this 2019 exhibition.
Dr Mark Tronson is a Baptist minister (retired) who served as the Australian cricket team chaplain for 17 years (2000 ret) and established Life After Cricket in 2001. He was recognised by the Olympic Ministry Medal in 2009 presented by Carl Lewis Olympian of the Century. He mentors young writers and has written 24 books, and enjoys writing. He is married to Delma, with four adult children and grand-children. Dr Tronson writes a daily article for Christian Today Australia (since 2008) and in November 2016 established Christian Today New Zealand.
Mark Tronson's archive of articles can be viewed at http://www.pressserviceinternational.org/mark-tronson.html