Thursday evening saw the opening of the highly anticipated CCAS members show, Copy Cat: Fakes Forgeries and Appropriations. This years distinguished judge, Craft ACT director Barbara McConchie, after long deliberation chose Sarah Catherine Firth’s piece Riding the Coat Tales of Success. For her troubles Sarah received a cheque for five hundred dollars and the coveted CCAS members show trophy. Her winning entry came in the form of a short video, which parodies the success of local art phenomenon, Richard Blackwell. Richard’s ego got quite a work out on the night being the only artist in the show to be appropriated twice; as they say imitation is highest form of flattery.
Second place went to a deserving Dan Maginnity with his work Nostalgia Devices, who received a box of fine chocolates along with the crowd’s adulation. All the entries are in their own way winners in this exhibition, which again has given artists the opportunity to let their imaginations and fraudulent side run wild. If you are interested in buying any of the works they are all up for grabs at $100 dollars each, so pop in before they are all gone. Continues until 4 October. (Sergej reporting and photographing from down town Manuka)