Green Wedge Exhibition Results Announced

Published on 28 June 2019

Most Inspiring Artwork Awarded artist Sophie Perez with MPS CEO John Baker and Councillor David Gill Mayor MPS (A8900066).jpeg

Green Wedge Exhibition Results Announced

28 June 2019

In its second year running, Mornington Peninsula Shire’s 2019 Green Wedge Exhibition is a great success, with seventy artworks on display that encapsulate the beauty of our peninsula.

Shire Mayor Councillor David Gill said the connection between the artists and beautiful landscapes led to an “astounding” collection of works.

“The Green Wedge paintings inspire our community to appreciate the environment that we are so proud of, and both the Council and all community members must protect,” Mayor Gill said.

Below are the bursary winners:

MOST INSPIRING AWARD – $1,000
Artist Sophie Perez
Title I Can Hear You Calling
Merricks House Gallery
Judge’s Comments
Sophie Perez’s ‘I can hear you calling’ was the most inspiring painting in this year’s Green Wedge exhibition, a bold painting that captures the evocative landscape of the southern edge of the Mornington Peninsula. Overlooking Bass Strait, the landscape is filled with texture and depth, dirt roads dissecting the lush plant life landscape reveals itself as you drive around that corner, the thrill of the steep descent enshrined in this beautiful painting.

GREEN AWARD - $500
Artist Chris Puebla
Title Lorna’s Legacy
Merricks House Gallery
Judge’s Comments
Lovely painting bringing together great technical skill and composition with a significant site of the Green Wedge. Chris has wonderfully captured the soft light filtering in through the woodlands at Lorna’s Triangle.

ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD - $500
Artist Maxine Wild 
Title The Edge of the Wedge (Boneo Road, Flinders)  
Merricks House Gallery
Judge’s Comments
The undulating hills and winding road captured by Maxine Wild in her painting ‘The Edge of the Wedge’, is familiar to anyone who has driven across to Flinders along Boneo Road. 

The landscape reveals itself as you drive around that corner, the thrill of the steep descent enshrined in this beautiful painting.

Seven Special Mention Green Wedge Artist Awards:

Julie Newson 
Looking out from the vineyard at Elgee Park
Artwork location Oak Hill Gallery

Trish Bourke
Looking East, Cheviot Beach 
Artwork location Merricks House Gallery

Rodger Stebbing 
‘Elgee Park’ Green Wedge
Artwork location Rosebud Chambers                                                                                     

Katherine Moore 
Devil’s Bend II
Artwork location Oak Hill Gallery

Maxine Pritchard
View from the Top 
Artwork location Merricks House Gallery

Ruth Belfrage 
Peninsula Garden 
Artwork location Merricks House Gallery                                           

Lynne Bechervaise 
Main Ridge Property 
Artwork location Merricks House Gallery

The Green Wedge Exhibition furthers Council’s efforts to protect areas of National, State and local conservation significance and habitat value.

OFFICIAL GREEN WEDGE EXHIBITION VENUES:

Mornington Peninsula Shire – Rosebud Chambers
Besgrove Street, Rosebud Saturday 15 June - Tuesday 6 August

Merricks House Gallery
Merricks General Wine Store, 3460 Frankston-Flinders Road, Merricks
Saturday 15 June - Sunday 7 July

For more information, visit: mornpen.vic.gov.au/greenwedge

Note to editors

Interview opportunities will be available with bursary recipient Chris Puebla. To arrange an interview, please contact the Shire’s Community Arts Officer Sarah Bingle: sarah.bingle@mornpen.vic.gov.au or phone 03 5950 1200

PICTURE DETAILS:

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor David Gill and CEO John Baker with Green Wedge artist and Most Inspiring Award Winner Sophie Perez