The Goulburn Workers Club auditorium was filled with beautiful pieces of artwork on the opening night of the 2019 Goulburn and District Art Society's annual art prize event on Friday, October 11.
GDAS vice president Alex Mortensen reached out to artists around the state to take part and said the effort put in by the artists was superb.
"This is the culmination of months of hardwork," Mr Mortensen said.
"We contact many other art societies in addition to emailing out the previous exhibitors."
GDAS president Helen De Jonge said all of the artworks were beautiful and was glad to see the large number of artists involved.
"We have got a great amount of artwork by professional artists on display," Ms De Jonge said.
"In fact, we have 257 works from 74 artists all over the state.
"We have artists coming from places like Wagga Wagga and the Central Coast."
Goulburn Mulwaree Council mayor Bob Kirk, who was in charge of opening the awards night, said he was impressed with the standard of all the works.
"There is a variety of artworks and the quality is all very high," Cr Kirk said.
"I quite like the drawings of the different buildings around town."
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The Major Art Prize winner of $1000 was John Sharman who also won the oil category.
Former Goulburn Post journalist Darryl Fernance started the night off by announcing Julie Galiazzo as the winner of the photography and digital art category.
Stavros Papantoniou was the only multiple winner on the night, gaining first prize in both the miatures and members only category.
The other categories were watercolour, acrylics and other media which included print making.
They were won by Katerina Mortensen, Sally O'Neill and Catherine Lidden respectively.
The prize money for the categories ranged from $75 to $500.
There was a raffle on the night with all proceeds raised going to Riding for the Disabled.
The charity helps people with all types and levels of disability by offering horse riding activities.
The raffle prizes were a painting by Lesley Whitten and bottles of wine.
All artworks were for sale.
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