Sisters smock up for Youth Art Prize

Madeline and Brodie Forner have paint brushes in hand as they prepare for the River of Art Youth Prize. The sisters plan to enter two paintings each.

Fourteen-year-old Madeline said she has already completed one piece, featuring a boat on the estuary. Madeline Forner has been a winner at the Eurobodalla show for the last five years.

“Every morning I get up really early to catch the bus to Carroll College, and I see the boats on the water. I really wanted to paint that,” Madeline said.

The sisters are old hands at art shows: Madeline has been her age-group winner at the Eurobodalla show for the last five years and Brodie for the last four.

For the River of Art festival, Madeline isn’t restricting herself to the youth competition, “I have two paintings in the main Art Prize competition as well”.

Nine year old Brodie is painting an after-dark landscape. “The middle of the night, very dark, with the wind blowing in the trees,” Brodie said.

A new prize this year, the River of Art Youth Prize was set up to encourage young people to pursue their love of art, with $500 in prizes.

River of Art spokesman Noal Annabel said entries would be exhibited in the old Dick Smith store. “

To encourage as many entries as possible we have waived the requirement the work be recent or not a previous award winner,” Mr Annabel said. “This means young artists can submit their best works.”