the Hunter – Let’s Face It 2016 portrait exhibition review
A viewing audience of over 500 people attended our 2 & half day portrait exhibition held on the weekend of 18th – 20th March at the Adamstown Uniting Church Memorial Hall which highlights the fact that Newcastle and Hunter people appreciate portraiture.
The viewers especially appreciated the stories behind each sitter and their contribution to life in the Hunter. The stories of the struggles and triumphs of the Lifeline Steel Magnolia and Brass Blokes Awards was truly inspiring and the portraits expressed them well.
Opening Night was standing room only in the big hall and the crowd were entertained by Newcastle’s premier Men’s Harmony choir as well as the high quality portrait paintings, many of which will be entered into this year’s Archibald Portrait Prize.
People’s Choice Award was taken out by Kay McFarlane Smith with her painting of Howard Mole – Centre manager of Baptist Care Windale, with a lot of interest in Marg Jensen’s portrait of Big John Young – Organiser of Newcastle’s annual Newcastle Biker’s Christmas Toy Run – and Judy Hill’s portrait of Amorelle Dempster of East Maitland – of Mo Mo’s and Australian Councillor to the Slow Food international Board.