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Now in its eighth year, the $35,000 Country Energy Art Prize for Landscape Painting showcases the wealth of artistic talent across country and coastal New South Wales while contributing to the visual arts industry.
It is Australia's richest annual landscape art prize, attracting entries from previous Archibald and Blake Prize winners to first time entrants. The finalist judges for the 2010 prize were Jenny Turpin, Chris Gentle and Joe Eisenberg with Janet Laurence acting as overall judge.
Wendy Teakel of Murrumbateman, near Yass, has won Countryscapes 2010 for her artwork Black Soil Country.
Wendy's submission was selected from 41 finalists' works by leading Sydney installation artist, Janet Laurence, at the Glasshouse Arts, Conference and Entertainment Centre - host of the 2010 exhibition.
Wendy was also a finalist in the Country Energy Art Prize in 2003, 2005, 2008 and 2009.
Youth Encouragement Award
The winner of the Countryscapes 2010 $5,000 Youth Encouragement Award is Emma Noakes of Grafton for her artwork The Arrival.
Highly Commended finalists
The following artists were highly commended finalists:
* Hanna Kay of Blandford for her artwork Estuary 7
* Rachel Ellis of Bathurst for her artwork Midday Side Fence, Bathurst
* Robert Mitchell of Pappinbarra (near Wauchope) Manscape
Employees' Choice Award
John Murray from Lightning Ridge collected the Country Energy Employees' Choice Award for his work Old Ghan Line. Around 1000 employees voted in the competition this year.
The Finalist exhibition is on display at the Glasshouse Arts, Conference and Entertainment Centre: 1 October 2010 - 28 November 2010. The Exhibition will then travel to Cowra Regional Gallery from 16 December - 30 January.