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Official Opening and Awards Presentation of the 2023 VAS Autumn Select Exhibition


Yesterday the Victorian Artists Society officially opened the 2023 VAS Autumn Select Exhibition and VAS Council Member, Meg Davoren-Honey OAM, VAS FVAS presented the Mackley Art Award and the Mackley Sculpture Award to the winners. The Mackley Awards are sponsored by Eileen Mackley AM VAS FVAS and Hylton Mackley AM.

Linda Weil was selected as the winner of the Mackley Art Award for her drawing Toybox of Drama and Broken Dreams, in graphite and coloured pencil.

Zoja Trofimiuk was selected as the winner of the Mackley Sculpture Award for her sculpture titled, Shared Sorrow, in bronze.

The Highly Commended Awards were announced at the presentation for the following artists:
Elizabeth Moore-Golding VAS, 'The Man Bun', Erica Wagner, 'I Am',
Louis Sauzier, 'Early Autumn Morning, North Victoria', Maria Radun, 'Proteas',
Zulu, 'Inspired Glass', and Ron Reynolds VAS, 'Secrets of a Drying Billabong'.

Laurel Sloan received a Highly Commended Award for her sculpture titled 'Another Day'.

Rachel Dettmann Smith received the Curator's Choice Award for her painting of 'Miriam 2 Years'.

Congratulations are extended to the winning artists and all Victorian Artists Society member artists who participated in the 2023 VAS Autumn Select Exhibition.

The VAS Autumn Select Exhibition is first of three Select Exhibitions held each year by the Victorian Artists Society. Votes cast by exhibiting artists at each of the VAS Select Exhibitions are used to decide the list of candidates for the Victorian Artists Society Artist of the Year Award Exhibition in November.

The 2023 VAS Autumn Select Exhibition was curated by VAS Council Member Mark Bagally.

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Linda Weil, Winner of the 2023 VAS Autumn Select Exhibition Mackley Art Award with VAS Council Member Meg Davoren-Honey OAM VAS FVAS, and Richard Impey FVAS, President of the Victorian Artists Society at the Awards presentation.

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Linda Weil, 'Toybox of Drama and Broken Dreams', Graphite & Coloured Pencil
Winner of the 2023 VAS Autumn Select Exhibition Mackley Art Award 

The judge for this year's Autumn Exhibition shall be Lisa Wang. Lisa is the Vice President of the WSV. She has held 7 solo exhibitions and many group exhibitions. In recent years she has travelled to Italy, Shangri-La, Paris, Belgium and China on painting trips with internationally renown master artists. Lisa enjoys working with an extensive variety of subjects, but portraits are her favourite. Her confident brush work, use of colour and ability to capture light make her paintings unique and highly sought after by art lovers and collectors world wide. Find out more about Lisa here.

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'You did well!', oil by Lisa Wang

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Zoja Trofimiuk, Winner of the 2023 VAS Autumn Select Exhibition Mackley Sculpture Award with her sculpture titled 'Shared Sorrow', in Bronze.

Zoja Trofimiuk, Shared Sorrow, Bronze_Sculpture Winner 2023
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2023 VAS Autumn Select Exhibition Guests
From left: Lisa O’Keefe, Jo Reitze VAS FVAS, Marion Chapman, Rosemary Noble, Linda Weil and Laurel Sloan, VAS Council Member. 

2023 VAS Autumn Select Exhibition Highly Commended Awards

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Elizabeth Moore-Golding VAS, 'The Man Bun', Oil on Board

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Erica Wagner VAS with her painting titled 'I Am'.
 Pigment based watercolour markers on canvas

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Louis Sauzier with his pastel drawing titled 'Early Autumn Morning, North Victoria'

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Zulu, 'Inspired Glass', French Acrylic on Canvas

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Maria Radun with her oil painting titled 'Proteas'

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Ron Reynolds VAS, 'Secrets of a Drying Billabong', Oil on Canvas 

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Ron Reynolds VAS, receives a Highly Commended Award for his painting with VAS Council Member Meg Davoren-Honey OAM VAS FVAS, and Richard Impey FVAS, President of the Victorian Artists Society at the Awards presentation.

Highly Commended Award for Sculpture

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Laurel Sloan with her sculpture titled 'Another Day'

Curator's Choice Award

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Rachel Dettmann Smith, 'Miriam 2 Years', Oil on Canvas

Guest Young Artist


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Sofia Korfiatis, 'Shattered Expectations'

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Sofia Korfiatis receiving her certificate with Richard Impey FVAS, President of the Victorian Artists Society and VAS Council Member Meg Davoren-Honey OAM, VAS FVAS.

Shattered Expectations, explores the expectations put on women by society.

I used the concept of shattered glass as a metaphor for perception, when looking through a pane of glass you see, one universal image but when it's shattered you have multiple shards that bend light and distort your view. This shows the world, not through the eye of the viewer, but through the eyes of the
people around them. Each shard is hand drawn using Caran d’ache luminance pencils and copic markers. For some of the shards I used imagery based on old propaganda from the 60s, through my drawings I adopted a comic aesthetic that I intended to link to the time period of the 2nd wave of feminism and the women’s liberation movement. Other shards express the effects of beauty and diet magazines, some show childhood symbols of suppression that young girls
are conditioned with and others illustrate everyday life for shaping women. The use of the warped mirror reflects the manipulation of perspective that members of society experience, possibly including the viewer.

My 3D art piece features techniques such as laser cutting, photo-realistic drawing, gilding, art, technology and digital screening such as illustrator and photoshop. I used the materials of wood, dowel, paper, mirrored acrylic and transparent acrylic sheets. I also used copic markers, Caran d'ache luminance pencils and spray paint. As subject matter, each shard represents an expectation upheld by society. For example, the bottom black and white shard of the signal for quiet represents the concept of silencing women, the barbie doll represents the conditioning of women from a young age, the corset represents a symbol of ffemale repression and the clothes line represents the idea of a confined stay at home mum.

When the viewer walks past this piece they see all the various layers that went into the artwork, these act as a metaphor for all the hidden layers of societal expectation relating back to the theme of this artwork.

Photography of the 2023 VAS Autumn Select Exhibition Opening by Ron Smith OAM HON FVAS, VAS Councillor


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