DUNGOG has been struck by Archibald Prize fever, so much so the township has launched its own version of the prestigious portrait prize.
Entries are now open for the inaugural Dungog Archies, and with a handsome prize-money of $1000 entries are coming in fast and furious.
Dungog Arts Society president Don Whitten, who is also an entrant in the competition, said it was a way to boost the moral of the town after the hardships endured during, and after, the May 2015 flood.
Local GP Dr Brendan Chaston suggested the idea, he will also be the judge, and the arts society got behind it.
“His idea was to bring the community together and give it a little boost,” Mr Whitten said.
“It’s the first year, and I hope it keeps going, the second year will be even better.”
“It’s a darn good project.”
About 18 entries have been received so far in a wide variety of styles including digital, photographic, mixed media, oils and acrylic.
Mr Whitten’s entry is a portrait of Dungog IGA checkout operator Donna, painted in oil. It is his first attempt at portrait painting.
Entry is open to all artists, but the subject of entries must be a Dungog Shire identity.
Mr Whitten said the society had about 90 members and Dungog was a “very creative town”.
Paintings will be exhibited in the doctor’s waiting room as well as the society’s gallery at 96 to102 Dowling Street.
Entries will remain open until July 26. Winners will be announced on August 5 at a special launch at the society’s gallery at 6pm.
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