The paparazzi have been a bit quiet for the past two weeks, however, last night they followed CCAS director David Broker to Moruya where, along with Anni Doyle Wawrzynczak (freelance curator, arts writer) and Kristian Pithie (Chapman Gallery), he judged the other Basil Sellers Art Prize. What a team and what a great time they had ! Unfortunately the winner Stan Squire wasn’t there to collect the 15K generously provided by patron Basil Sellars AM but the judges selection seemed to go down amazingly well and they are convinced that a spectacular new talent has been unearthed. Basil Sellers couldn’t make it either but he sent a lively friend, Alan Cameron AM, to take care of the ceremonies and no one was disappointed in the slightest.
Stan as it turns out is a bit of a mystery. Fortunately the fabulous Megan Bottari has her finger on the pulse and these next lines are pinched from glasscentralcanberra. “Stan Squire, a breath-of-fresh-air-self-effacing Pambula boy with a passion for surfing and living the utopian dream, was a very worthy winner of the prize …There are three hundred and fifty eight billion sides to every story” was his explanatory note for the work; Lost in Paradise/Martian style. Fabulous.” Congrats to Stan and can’t wait to meet him. Thanks also to the Eurobodalla Shire Council for hosting such an excellent event – especially Monika who the judges having been working with. Talk about dynamic.