Local artist, Beth Hammond, won the Port Lincoln Art Prize

THE 2018 Port Lincoln Art Prize was won by local artist Beth Hammond’s acrylic and oil pastel self-portrait titled ‘This Continuous Life’.

Accepting the award for her sister, Catherine Hammond said Beth was a big supporter of the prize and tried to submit at least on piece to the annual exhibition.

The top layer of the self-portrait was completed by Ms Hammond while she was blindfolded and in a continuous motion, without lifting her hand from the work.

This year’s judge Eleanor Scicchitano said Ms Hammond’s portrait grabbed her attention from the moment she entered the gallery and was something she “kept going back to”.

West Coast Youth and Community Support and Rotary Port Lincoln Youth Award winner was Brendan Kell for his piece ‘Conceptual Beauty’ which was created with waxy pastels on cardboard. 

Port Lincoln mayor Bruce Green said he thought this year’s prize had attracted some of the best art work yet. 

He said the support from local artists and those from around the country continued to grow. 

“I couldn’t be prouder as mayor,” he said. 

He also thanked all of the art prize sponsors for their ongoing support. 

All submissions to the art prize will be on display until Saturday, February 17 at the Nautilus Arts Centre.

The People’s Choice winner will be announced after the exhibition closes.