Collection acquires winning work

FRIENDS of the Manning Regional Art Gallery (FOGs) has officially presented the winning work from the 2013 Manning Art Prize: Naked and Nude to the Greater Taree City Art Collection.

The large oil painting, by nationally acclaimed artist Wendy Sharpe, was acquired by FOGs from the prize in October last year.

The painting was presented to the mayor by gallery patron, and major donor to the Manning Art Prize, Dr Philip Walkom, FOGs president Barry Schlenker and the committee of FOGs who raised the $16,000 in prizemoney through generous donations from the Manning community.

The painting is now part of the prestigious Greater Taree City Art Collection that now boasts work by some of Australia's and the regions best artists.

Several other artworks havbe been donated in 2013 to the collection by artists, FOGs and under the ATO Cultural Gifts program which allows people to donate artworks for tax gains.

The painting, titled Jill Mackay with a Mexican Cloth is by Wendy Sharpe from Erskineville, Sydney.

Wendy was winner of the Sulman Prize in 1986 and the Archibald Prize in 1996 as well as the Portia Geach Memorial Prizre twice in 1995 and 2003.

She was Australia's official war artist sent to East Timor in 1999 and in 2012 she was commissioned to join the centenary voyage to Antarctica by the Mawson's Hut Foundation.

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