Rotary sold on art show

THE Rotary Club of Tweed Heads South is celebrating record sales and attendance at its fourth annual art show over the weekend.

The show, held at the Tweed Heads Civic Centre, saw 17 paintings sold to the value of $7,200, an outcome club president David Frood said he was very pleased with.

"We did very well," Mr Frood said.

"We began planning immediately after the previous show, and that has paid dividends. Our focus was on getting people through the door and encouraging them to buy to support local artists and in turn boost the reach of our youth projects."

Projects to benefit from the funds include a variety of camps, activities and other programs for young people.

Mr Frood said between 300 and 400 people attended the three-day art show, which began with an opening party on Friday night.

More than 110 artists entered their work in the show, with the $1000 major prize going to Ocean Shores artist Natalie Verdejo for her mixed media piece, He Sees.

Tweed artist Cheryl Nest took home $200 and a high commendation for her watercolour, End of the Day.

Also on exhibition at this year's show was a painting by convicted murderer and rapist Leonard Lawson, who died in 2003.

The addition of Lawson's work, a childhood portrait of its owner, Tweed Heads woman Corinne Mair, was designed to generate further public interest in the show.

"We had lots of people standing around and reading the information on it," Mr Frood said.

"We also had mixed feelings from the club members about whether it should have been there or not, but it generated some interest and it might have even got a few extra people through the doors."

Mr Frood said he was now looking forward to planning the 2009 event and already has some fresh ideas in the works.

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