guppySome of the region’s most talented artists as well as emerging artists gathered in the Catholic Hall in Bangalow on Saturday, April 18, for the annual FEHVA Portrait Prize Sitting. 

Best-selling Australian author Di Morrissey and renowned Australian artist James Guppy were the portrait subjects.

“Both were fabulous subjects, with artists having the opportunity to chat, sketch, paint and photograph, with a view to presenting the portraits in variety of mediums,” said FEHVA co-ordinator Lisa O’Meara

Lennox Head artist Angus McDonald, who currently has a portrait hanging in the Archibalds, agreed to mentor three young, emerging artists who are submitting artwork for this year’s FEHVA Portrait Prize: Nell Pearson, who is on a scholarship at Julian Ashton School of Art, the same school the Angus studied at; Liam Van Dugteren, a student from Lismore TAFE; and Charlotte Kippax from St John’s Woodlawn.

Mr McDonald advised the young artists on their initial workings and will mentor them through the process of getting their artwork ready for submission on May 17.

There are two $1000 prizes on offer – $1000 to the winner of each portrait. 

Artists have until Sunday 17 May to complete their portrait and send in an electronic image. The final artwork is then delivered to the A & I Hall on May 20 where all will be on exhibition for the general public to view from May 23.

James Guppy’s portrait will be judged by Susi Muddiman, the Director of the Tweed River Art Gallery, and Di Morrissey’s portrait will be judged by James Guppy and Di herself. 

The winners of the Portrait Prize will be announced at the FEHVA Festival Opening and Awards night at the A & I Hall on May 25. 

The night will be a celebration of the visual arts and is open to artists, art lovers and Buttery supporters to come along and view the exhibition as the winners of FEHVA 2009 art prizes are announced and awarded. 

Entertainment for the evening includes the Buttery Recovery Choir, as well as World Music with Yeshe, Cye Woods and friends. 

FEHVA is the annual flagship event for the Buttery Fundraising thru the Arts Program. The funds raised from the event support the important rehabilitation work being done by The Buttery.
Tickets to all FEHVA events can be purchased from Jetset Travel Byron Bay 6685 6262.

For more information go to the FEHVA website,

PICTURE: James Guppy sitting with the beginnings of a portrait by Soren Carlbergg.