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Smooth sailing for Water Ways exhibition

THE Art Society of Tasmania’s ‘Water Ways’ exhibition promises to be bigger and better than ever this year with more than 136 Tasmanian artists jumping on board to showcase their creations.

Held as part of the MyState Wooden Boat Festival, more than 170 works across a broad cross section of the arts will make up the unique exhibition, which is staged at the Long Gallery in Salamanca Place.

Arts Society of Tasmania president Maggie Nettleship said the exhibition featured works ranging from realism and abstractionism in painting and drawing to the clever use of mediums such as felt printmaking, wood, glass, ceramics and digital art.

“In the field of painting alone, we have water colours, acrylics, oils, pencil, gauche and pastel used – you name it and it’s there,” she said.

“The response of the art community to this exhibition has been simply amazing, particularly in the area of digital art which has just taken off.”

To ensure a high exhibition standard, works entered were displayed before a selection panel of three experienced judges.

The main prize of the exhibition is a $3000 non-acquisitive award sponsored by the National Australia Bank.

The winner, to be announced on Sunday 19 February, will be determined through a “people’s choice” ballot, with a maximum of one vote per person.

The Water Ways exhibition will run at The Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre, Salamanca Place until Sunday 19 February.

Caption: “Late in the Day” by Ronald Clark (medium – oil on linen) is among the artworks on display in the Water Ways Exhibition. Image supplied.

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