Corker of an exhibition  

‘Ghost Girl’ by Kelly Barker.  (Friends of the Porongurup Range )

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The Art in Porongurup’s 19th annual exhibition filled the Karribank parklands with sculptures over the school holidays.

Despite the dismal weather, almost 1,000 visitors came to see the scenic exhibition, where mountain views of the Karribank parklands act as the gallery backdrop for the interactive and tactile sculptures

The Art in Porongurup sculpture exhibition, formally known as Art in the Park, is hosted annually by the Friends of the Porongurup Range.

Tasked with the challenge of choosing this year’s winner were judges Dr Elizabeth Edmonds, Colin Montefiore and Melaine McQuilan.

First prize went to George Corke with his sculpture The Bus Stop (With Style), which also made for a much-appreciated rest spot for visitors.

Coming in at a close second was Duncan Moon’s sculpture Diapason (Part 1 Pythagoras Sings the Blues) which he meticulously crafted from Donnybrook sandstone.

11-year-old Violet Clark’s sculptural piece Ngulla Booja – Our County displayed her intricate wood carving of native animals, winning her the youth award.

The Barker family have entered their sculptural work into the exhibition for many years, showcasing their artistic talent.

This year the family took a clean sweep of the people’s choice awards, taking out first, second and the youth award prizes.

First prize was awarded to Kelly Barker for her piece Ghost Girl, while second prize went to Abbey Barker for her sculpture Aim High Reach Out, Don’t Cut Yourself Short.

The people’s choice youth award went to 16-year-old Ella Barker for her piece Common Factor.

Each year an artist in residence attends the exhibition for a number of days guide people through their art and host workshops.

This year, Joanne Francis graced the exhibition, inspiring the crowds with her woven sculptures as well as teaching people how to create art from natural, found and recycled materials.

The Friends of the Porongurup Range will be celebrating their 20th anniversary of the sculptural exhibition next year.

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