Premier art competition

A MAJOR art exhibition opens in Cooma this weekend.

Now in its 15th year "The Briscoe" is the Monaro's premier art competition, attracting work from local and interstate artists.

The Briscoe brothers, Adam, Jason and Caleb sponsor the major prize The John Briscoe Memorial Art Award for the Best in the Show in any medium.

This year the award is worth $2500.

James and Barbara Litchfield, sponsor the $1000 Monaro Prize - restricted to artists resident in Bombala, Cooma-Monaro, or the Snowy River shires.

The Monaro Art Group prize and the Charles Monticone Award are for works in acrylic and oils respectively, and the Raglan Prize is for a pastel or drawing.

Artists under 19 years of age compete in the Raglan Young Artist Prize and the winner of the People's Choice receives an art book from "Pages of Life" bookshop.

John Briscoe originally came to Cooma to work for the Snowy Scheme.

John was well known and liked in the community.

He set up a printing business while his wife Judy was an announcer at 2XL.

John began painting, mostly landscapes, and was president of the Monaro Art Group at one time.

His three sons continue the link to the community with the award to honour their father.

Judge this year is Canberra artist David Hatton.

David, whose work has won awards across the region, is a past president of the Art Society of Canberra (ASOC) and initiated the annual Summer Art School experience in 2001.

David teaches art and displays regularly in Bungendore and Canberra.

The John Briscoe Memorial Art Award open at 2pm on April 12 at the Raglan Gallery, Cooma and everyone is welcome to attend.

Attendees will also be able to see the new gallery extension and courtyard.

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