ON Saturday April 12 the Raglan Gallery in Cooma opened the 15th Annual Briscoe Exhibition.
Mayor Dean Lynch opened the night for the 80 entries from local, regional, interstate and overseas artists.
The event was particularly special for the gallery as it was the first exhibition to hang in the new gallery extension.
More than 100 guests came to visit the exhibition on the open night and admire the new room.
Noel Hourigan and Denis Chapman came from Bendigo, as they have done for several years, to volunteer their time and expertise for the hanging.
Canberra judge David Hatton was particularly impressed with the quality of each artwork as he awarded several Highly Commended awards in the Youth Artist category.
Winners of the 15th Annual Briscoe Exhibition were:
Annie Franklin - 'Autumn Vines' - The John Briscoe Memorial Art Award.
Brigitte Mackay - 'The Gallery Attendant' - The Monaro Prize.
Ben Claase - 'White Pass' - Raglan Young Artist.
Grahame Martin - 'The Heat of the Moment' - The Charles Monticone Award.
Anthony Montgomery - 'Fig Tree Forest '- Monaro Art Group Prize.
Stephanie Field - 'Grahame'- The Raglan Prize.
Several Highly Commended awards were also given to those in the Young Artist category:
Florance McGufficke - 'Paint'.
Ivy McGufficke - 'Beach Scene'.
Miranda McGufficke - 'Bird'.
Piper Schlueter - 'My Favourite Things'.
Amy Van De Hor - 'Storm over Henry's Paddock'.