GRAHAM Cox has won the major prize for the best work in exhibition at this year's Taree Open for his pastel creation, Hunter Valley Moonrise.
Selected by judge James White AWI, the prizewinners were announced at a well attended official opening on Friday (July 4) evening.
The night also saw about 20 paintings sold.
This year there is an additional viewers choice award of $100 which will be announced at the end of the exhibition.
The public is encouraged to vote for their favourite artwork when they've viewed the exhibition.
The Taree Open Art Exhibition is on at Taree High School hall, on the corner of Albert and Macquarie Streets, Taree, until this Sunday.
Major prize-best work in exhibition: Graham Cox "Hunter Valley Moonrise "
Section 1 Works on board or canvas: 1st prize Linda Joyce "Outback Still Life", 2nd prize Marilyn Cranfield "Coral Flowers with Persian Rug", highly commended Helen Hindmarsh "Out of Africa", Ronald Davis "The Creek Crossing", Jean Spokes "Their first Swan Lake"; commended Jo Ernst "Study of Pete", Lyn Thomas "The Caves, Memory 2", Phillip Thornton "The Escapee's Queanbeyan", Helga Visser "Who needs Roses?, H Fish "Bush Breakfast"
Section 2 Any water-based medium: 1st prize Roger Speaight "Coming Rain", 2nd prize Barry Steed "Kim H.C.W.", highly commended Julie Simmons "North on George", Yvonne Langshaw "Illara Waterhole NT"; commended Robyne Berling "Spanish Onions", Glo Hill "Out sailing"
Section 3 Pastels: 1st prize Yvette Hugill "Tamworth Landscape", 2nd prize, Julie Simmons "Golden Morning, Castlereagh", highly commended Jenna Lea Ryan "Those Eyes", commended Jen Andrews "Girls on a Ferry", Toni Lynch "Mountain Trail", Colina Grant "Beating the Waves"
Section 4 Open - All and mixed media: 1st prize Gerhard Ullman "Cup of Gold", 2nd prize Joy Cooksey Triple Vision", highly commended Helen Cooper "Patterns of the Sea", Yvonne Langshaw "Tropical Verandah"; commended Madeleine Szymanski "Discovery"
Section 5 Drawing: 1st prize Colina Grant "Images of our Past", 2nd prize Ronald Davis "Mountain Creek near Yass", highly commended Julie Johnstone "Thirsty Ridge", commended Melody Stewart "Rhythm in Blue", Yvette Hugill "The Tourists, Paris"
Section 6 Members of Taree Artists Inc: 1st prize Victoria Perry "Ray", 2nd prize Jean Buettel "Heartbeat of the Forest", 3rd prize Jim Livermore "Cleaning the Decks at Crowdy", commended Peter Walsh "The first Train to Taree, 1913", Cynthia Taylor" "Wattle Explosion"
Section 7 Miniatures: 1st prize Madeleine Szymanski "Fresh Bread", 2nd prize Madeleine Szymanski "Bush Cathedral", highly commended Jean Spokes "Spring Latte", Gerhard Ullman "Dragon Fly", Regina Brewster "Tea Party"; commended Doreen Shaw "The Morning Visit"
Section 8 3-D: 1st prize Carol Forster "Tea for Two", 2nd prize H Fish "the Wind in the Willows", highly commended Frits Visser "The Wrestler".