Young artisan and regular visitor to York, Claire Evans, was a successful exhibitor in this year’s York Society Art and Crafts Awards.

Claire lives in Applecross and is granddaughter of local residents, Robin and Roger Smith. She was the winner of both the 2007 Young Achiever and the jewellery awards.

The exhibition was opened by museum consultant and frequent visitor to York, Sally Anne Hasluck, on October 13.

The judges were ceramic artist, Pippin Drysdale, and Dean of Art at Curtin University Professor, Ted Snell.

There were 360 entries from all over the State in this year’s awards. The judges commented on the high standard of entries as well as the way they were displayed.

At the opening, the York Society thanked all of the sponsors and the members of the York and Northam communities who supported the event.

The Society was pleased with the number of sales achieved as a result of the exhibition.

Prize winners were: Painting, Oil or Acrylic entitled, The Old Bore, Linda O’Brien;      Painting, Watercolour, Walking with Grandpa, Rob Ainsworth; Drawing, The Old Timer, Linda O’Brien; Pastels, Karajini RoadSide, J A Fryer; Sculpture, Trees, Wayne Bougher; Printmaking, Along the Way, Shelley Cowper; Wood, O + X, Leah Borona; Jewellery, Unique, Claire Evans; Ceramics, Psalm XXIV Dish, Janet Kovesi Watt; Glass, Spring Forest 2 Bowl, Christopher Airey; Fibre, Pioneering the Valley, Lyn Franke.

Special award winners were: Pioneering Art Award, A Quieter Place, John Ainsworth; Pioneering Craft Award, Old Growth, Wayne Bougher; Avon Valley Art Award, Highway Rocks, Margot Watkins; Avon Valley Craft Award, Outback Gold, Beverley Vivian; Young Achiever Award, The Gluttony Fest, Claire Evans.

Liz Parker


Photographs (from top)
Winner of the young achiever award and jewellery prize, Claire Evans (L) with guest of honour, Sally Anne Hasluck, at the opening of this year’s York Art and Crafts awards.
Judge Pippin Drysdale addressing the audience at the awards opening.
A view of 2007 exhibition.