Sally-Ann Solomon is entering Three Little Birds into the 20014 Rio Tinto Alcan Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards, with prizes up to $15,000.
Sally-Ann Solomon is entering Three Little Birds into the 20014 Rio Tinto Alcan Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards, with prizes up to $15,000. Andrew Morgan

Unwrapping art entries ‘feels like Christmas’

THREE Little Birds watching a sunset might be Sally-Ann Solomon's ticket to fame and fortune.

The landscape artist has entered two pieces of work in the 39th Rio Tinto Alcan Martin Hanson Memorial Award for the second year in a row.

But, she says, her eyes aren't just on the prize.

"I'm lucky that I have a well-behaved seven-month-old that allows me to sit around and play all day," she said.

"I just like the excitement of entering."

Ms Solomon began working on her submissions two months ago, using acrylic paint to immortalise the local sunset.

"My first painting is an interpretation of Spinnaker Park and the second is another sunset of the same area looking down from Auckland Point," she said.

"Both of these works were created with the exhibition in mind. I noticed last year there were a lot of local landscapes and so I've continued along the same lines."

Ms Solomon will be entering her works into Section 1 - easel paintings.

Her pieces of artwork are being unwrapped along with others in a flurry of excitement at Gladstone Regional Art Gallery.

Distinguished artists from as far as Tasmania, Western Australia as well as local names and indigenous talent will be showcased from November 8-December 11.

Cultural projects officer Di Paddick said this time of year felt like Christmas.

"In every new box lies a surprise. It's a great time of year," she said.

It takes six months in preparation and a small army of volunteers, but the reward is evident.

Maddie Cook from Gladstone Regional Art Gallery said more entries were expected in 2014 than ever before, and the prize money had been increased to match the interest.

"We are expecting over 300 entries for this year," she said.

"A really exciting new aspect is the QAL People's Choice Award, where the public can vote in all four categories."

The exhibition will launch on November 8, with the presentation of awards taking place at 6pm.

Previous Award Winners

2000 - Brylee McVicar Beauty in Distortion

2001 - Simon Cuthbert Head of State #1 2001

2002 - Claudine Marzik Dry Season Chillagoe

2003 - Mal Parker Last Wave

2004 - James Hurley Man Mistake

2005 - Christine Turner Suburban Goddess

2006 - David Huntley 94 Days

2007 - Michael Schlitz Les Sons of History

2008 - Beryl Wood It's All Happening!

2009 - Johannes Kuhnen Vessel

2010 - Josh Cleary Ostbahnhof

2011 - Mostyn Bramley-Moore Eenie Creek and Sugar Road

2012 - Belynda (Bindi) Waugh We Exist Beside You - Not Apart

2013 - Ian Smith Rooftops - Above From Below