The Art and Porcelain coordinators are pleased to announce this years judges for the Henry Lawson Festival Art & Porcelain competitions. Read more about them here:
Art - Glenn Morton
In 1987 Glenn received his first art award. It was a commended at the Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival of Arts. At this time he had only been able to devote a little more time to his painting. The challenge of painting and the thrill of people liking his work is as strong today as ever it was. He has remained true to his first desire as to how he wished to paint, and this is to paint to the best of his ability as a representational, traditional landscape artist painting in oils.
He began and still does, drawing and painting in the field (en plein air) only taking paintings to his studio to finish. The bulk of his works are commissions on properties, although he has just finished a very large commission of a seascape and now has another to begin. His painting has taken him to many places in the world, New Zealand, then leading an art tour in Italy and Greece, teaching and painting in France on several occasions, then to England, Wales and Scotland. He loved painting in Scotland- "the light and colours just worked for me. I wish to go back and paint in the Outer Hebrides and the Orkney Islands".
"The most satisfying aspect of my art is using it to raise funds to put back into the community. I have been involved with the Cowra Cancer Action Group since the late 1990’s culminating in our annual Christmas luncheon with a capacity crowd of around 300 seated for lunch. On stage I paint a large painting which is auctioned on the day. Through the wonderful support of the community the Cowra Cancer Action Group have raised many 100s of thousands of dollars which has been used to facilitate and equip the Chemotherapy Ward at the Cowra Health Service bene0iting so many people from both Cowra and the surrounding districts who now don’t have to travel to a major centre. Some other more interesting fund raisers I have done have been Help for Heroes ( UK Legacy type organization) arranged by expats in the south of France. A small church in France in need of funds. I have also been invited to Edinburgh to do a function for the large Cancer Research Unit they have."
"I would recommend to all artists to have an OK wife, as I have, that can run the family business, tend to children and grandchildren of all ages and generally multitask whilst the artist is off in his own world. Henry Lawson painted pictures in our minds with his penned stories, an artist paints a picture with a brush that should also tell a story. I congratulate the past and present committee of the Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival of Art for preserving and encouraging the arts in our country."
Porcelain - Joan Bolton
Joan Bolton oam was born in Albury , N.S.W., and grew up in Sydney. Due to serious health issues, she had several career changes prior to moving to Grenfell in 1954.
Joan went on to work as a Governess (which she loved), tutored a Showcard and Ticketwriting course with local Technical College, ( now TAFE), did signwriting and made dried flower arrangements commercially for surrounding department stores.
After marrying and having a family, Joan began Porcelain painting which led to over 30 years of teaching this art both in Australia and overseas, becoming a member of the Australasian Porcelain Art Teachers Association and also the International P.A.T.A.
Joan and her husband set up a studio business "Jaybees China" which was a studio for teaching and retailing porcelain art supplies both by mail and at the studio shop. Joan brought Australian and overseas tutors to the studio for seminars and also travelled widely teaching 2 or 3 day seminars in a wide area. She was passionate about promoting porcelain art, especially for country painters. Her business card read "Have brush -will travel ". Joan was awarded an OAM for her work in this field.
Throughout her career , Joan demonstrated porcelain painting techniques at several major conventions throughout Australia and New Zealand and judged at many exhibitions including Sydney Royal twice. She was one of 4 International teachers invited to judge and demonstrate at South Africa`s first International Convention. Joan has contributed many articles to Australian and overseas publications and produced a teaching video which was sold word wide.
Since retirement, Joan has dabbled in other art forms and recently produced greeting cards and calendars.
Throughout her life, Joan has always been interested in any art form, and has been blessed with love and support from her parents, then her husband and family. She admits to having a fairly wild imagination, loves to read, cook, listen to music, garden and just enjoys people.
She has been known to be writing ideas for an art project in the dead of night !