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2018 VCE High Achievers

VCE High Achievers

 

 

Portland Secondary College

Congratulates their High Achievers of 2017.

 

Back: Jess Pethybridge, Damon Greenham, Erin Husband

Front: Georgina Meyrick-Garnier, Jovina Espanta, Julia Flores, Courtney Perkins, Stacey Goldsworthy, Bailey Knight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three of the best recognised in Top Arts

 

 

Three emerging artists from Portland Secondary College could have their work hung at the prestigious National Gallery of Victoria next year after being short listed for the 2018 VCE Top Arts exhibition.Erin Husband, Georgina Meyrick-Garnier and Stacey Goldsworthy, all 18, were recognised for their amazing art pieces, joining a group of 150 students from across Victoria studying VCE Art or Studio Arts."I was pretty excited when I found out I was short listed," Erin said."I had two pieces that were selected; an oil painting titled ‘Aberrant’ and a series of 25 mixed-media portraits called ‘Idealist’."I never expected one art piece to be selected, let alone both."Throughout the year, Erin spent her free time in the back room of the school’s art block, working on her portfolio, often alongside fellow classmate Georgina Meyrick-Garnier, who had one piece selected, a dry point etching ‘Untitled’."I originally didn’t want to do dry point etching, but my teacher encouraged me to expand my skill set," Georgina said."I was honestly quite surprised to find out I was selected for this year’s Top Arts program."While it is both Georgina’s and Erin’s first time entering the Top Arts competition, it will be classmate Stacey Goldsworthy’s second time, after her Year 11 work was was selected for Top Arts."Honestly, I was surprised to find out I was a finalist again; I didn’t think I would be two years in a row.""(This year) I had a set of three etchings that were shortlisted in this year’s Top Arts," Stacey said."They were titled ‘Essence of time’."With their art work now in the hands of officials at the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, the three women are eagerly waiting for notification of the final short listing process on January 16, 2018.

 

If selected, their art work will be on display to the public at a special exhibition from March to July.No matter the outcome, PSC head of art department, David Burgoyne, is proud of their achievements."As individual artists they each have demonstrated the effective marriage of technical excellence with original, personal concepts."Stacey’s mastery of etching and aquatint incorporated personal symbolism."Georgina’s experimental dry point was a vehicle for expressing her views on contemporary social issues."Erin’s fluent, spontaneous drawings in a range of media explored personal ideas around portraiture."Their artistic journeys were not without challenges, but hard work and talent are a formidable combination and this is evident in each of their art works."

 

Photo courtesy of the Portland Observer.

 

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