Art show goes online as more than 395 people vote for people's choice award

AFTER a wonderful exhibition with 67 artworks called Show Off-Again by Redland's Creative Alliance members was opened by Redland City Council mayor Karen Williams on March 6, it all closed down nearly two weeks later on March 19.

Keeping their distance: Nicci Bickley with her painting Turtle Surfacing, Cheryl Reynolds with her painting The Water Cave and Megan Imber, acting manager RPAC.

Keeping their distance: Nicci Bickley with her painting Turtle Surfacing, Cheryl Reynolds with her painting The Water Cave and Megan Imber, acting manager RPAC.

A few weeks later and getting closer to the original closing of the exhibition at the Redland Performing Arts Centre exhibition on April 9, it was suggested by RPAC to the Creative Alliance president May Sheppard that maybe an online exhibition could happen so that viewers could choose their favourite for best in show.

This would be called the People's Choice. May was all for this since the artworks had sat for several weeks with no one to admire and enjoy or vote for them.

Since there was photography to do and other things to fit in, it was another few weeks before the exhibition finally appeared online and extended to a final close on May 15. May also worked on a video of the works to aid voting as well.

Using Facebook for the Alliance and RPAC plus both organisation's websites meant many votes were placed and finally counted on May 15 when the winners were announced.

A lot of artists and others have commented that it was such a shame to have had to shut the show.

May was delighted that many saw the works on location and online as 395 votes were lodged for the People's Choice, with all works getting at least one vote.

Now the lockdown has eased all artists were able to retrieve works, except for one that sold just before restrictions.

The winners received a $70 art materials voucher and part of the first prize was a framing voucher for $75 from Kuhl Framing of Victoria Point.

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