Entries for the Dungog Archies close Friday, March 15

ARTIST: Cynthia Denning.

ARTIST: Cynthia Denning.

Time is running out for artists to submit their entries for one of the most popular art competitions in the shire.

The annual Dungog Archies are the local version of the renowned portrait competition, the Archibald Prize, with the artworks depicting well known members of the Dungog Shire.

The Archies are now in their fourth year after an idea from Dr Brendan Chaston to help give the town a boost following the devastation of the 2015 floods.

Artists vie for the first prize of $750 (which is acquisitive) and second prize money of $250 thanks to sponsorship by Dungog Medical Centre.

The opening night of exhibition on March 29 will unveil all the works of art and announce the winners.

This event is always well attended as guests finally see who has been captured on canvas.

There has been a change to the venue of opening night this year with Doug Spedding allowing the Arts Society to use 254 Dowling Street (the former Dungog antiques building).

Rules and entry forms for the Archies are available at Dungog Arts Society, 266 Dowling Street, Dungog.

The subject has to be "any recognisable face in the Dungog Shire community".

The competition includes all mediums excluding photography. The works  must be no larger than 61cm x 76cm. Entries close Friday, March 15.

Gaye Shield was awarded the inaugural Archies win with a poignant study of her husband Bob and their beloved late dog, Mags.

In 2017, Barbara Ramsey took out first prize for her portrait of her partner Ed Ramsey, titled Wild Man.

Last year’s portrait of postmistress Ann Kiem by Georgina Clarke took home the top prize.