TERRIBLY SATISFACTORY : CCAS MEMBERS’ SHOW
Prime Minister Robert Menzies described Monaro Mall as ‘…wonderful, immoral, tempting and terribly satisfactory’ in his speech at the opening on 6 March 1963. An estimated 15,000 Canberrans flocked to the mall on the first day alone and it became an integral part of the nation’s capital as the city grew rapidly throughout the 1960s.
I know that you have been waiting beside your computers or ready to snatch the smart phone, eager for news of the winners of the 2013 CCAS Members Show. Well we won’t keep you in suspense for one moment longer. First prize was landed by Erik Krebs-Schade for the magnificently titled Bacchus-after Titian, Rubens, Caravaggio & Bouguereau. Erik was certainly paying attention in the history class and he is now reaping the rewards as the influence of the masters manifests in a beautiful white painting with ribbons ! Thoroughly deserving Jodie Cunningham was runner up with her stunning Kitchen table taking – Ainslie cottage which sits in a conceptual zone between a lazy-susan and mandala with possible reference to Canberra’s circular design. An unusual perspextive to be sure. Jodie went home with a bottle of Moet&Chandon Imperial Brut that she didn’t have before she arrived. (Unlike a previous runner up who shall remain nameless, Jodie showed commendable restraint and didn’t drink it on the spot) Louis Watts took the award for Youngest Entrant and at 4 years old he certainly took it up to the seniors with Shapes all in a row and Firefighters red. (Very high standard of titles overall !) And Louis scored the highly prized Teenage Ninja Turtles 55 Piece Art Set that actually folds into a carry case so you can produce art wherever you are any time day or night. Envy filled the room … None of the winners burst into tears, however, they all looked stunned for the entire evening indicating than no one arrived with any expectations. Erik was dressed for success but there’s nothing in the slightest unusual about that and Jodie didn’t even arrive for the announcement, such is her modesty. Louis just seemed overwhelmed by the whole business. This years learned judge was Drill Hall Director, the wonderful Terence Maloon who just oozes credibility and we strongly recommend reading his CV before any attempt to question his decisions. It was a very good evening and soon turned into a terribly satisfying free for all as the members shows tend to do. So get on down to CCAS Gorman House Galleries because you can buy some excellent works at very reasonable prices and 100% of the money goes to the artists. CCAS Members show until Saturday 23 November.