Annual Community Art Exhibition & Awards 2019

2 February - 3 March 2019   
Main Gallery

Opening: Friday 1 February

Artists in Action: Sunday 3 March @ 11am -1:30pm

The NWAC is a group made up of about 60 people members from the North West Coast of Tasmania. They all share their passion for making art and their goal to promote and further develop theirarts practice. A series of workshops are presented alongside the exhibition as well as the popular event Artists in Action, where members demonstrate their processes and answer your questions about their practice.


NWAC 2018 Winner

Image: Winner of the 2018 NWAC Award: Cheryl Sims, Memories of River Road, 2018


2019 WINNERS - Monica Reeve Judge's Statement


Congratulations on another wonderful exhibition showcasing the artistic talents of the North-West Coast.  

Coming together to celebrate the arts, visual arts in this case, is fundamental to who we are as part of the broader community. This exhibition is a celebration of the beauty of the creative process paired with the many inspirations that have captured our attention, resulting in the vast array of visual art pieces before us tonight.  

Special thanks to Sandy Michell, Birgette Magnusson-Reid, Kelly Slater & Paul Murphy on the task of organising, curating and the hanging of the exhibition.  

Thank you also for entrusting me with the honour of viewing your works and selecting award recipients. I truely know the joys and trials of creating, along with the energy and emotion imparted into each piece during the creative process.  - Monica Reeve 


Julie Fielding - Special Mention 


 A “special mention” for Julie Fielding for “Betty”, the delightful innocence of the subject matter has been delicately and skilfully captured with pencil.  



Ashlee Griffiths - Emerging Artist 

“Portrait of Nibbler” 

Congratulations Ashlee! Nibbler’s inquiring eyes and relaxed pose create an instant connection with the viewer. This piece demonstrates command over pencil as a medium, evident in the delicate layers of stroke work in the coat. I’m sure if we stood still for long enough, we would almost hear Nibbler panting!  


  Highly Commended 2 - Margaret Coombes 

“Storm Clouds, Lake St Clair”  

Congratulations Margaret! A beautifully executed watercolour portraying brooding skies over a stunning landscape. Balanced with shafts of light, reassuring us that the storm will pass in time. 







Highly Commended 1 - Louise Daniels  

“Contemplating Flinders” 

Congratulations Lousie for this highly engaging piece. The balanced composition skilfully captures the viewer and draws them into the narrative that is, “Contemplating Flinders”.  Leaving room for interpretation and developing the longing for more… this piece could easily form the first in a series. 


 2019 NWAC Winner



Best in Exhibition - Daniela Selir  

“Reflections 4”  

Congratulations Daniela! Captivating and refreshing, “Reflections 4” entices us to engage our senses to explore the many textures of this moment in time captured with skill through acrylics.  The composition  tempts us to leave reality, and dip our hands or toes into the cool water,  to scoop up leaves and pebbles in a moment of exploration. 




North West Art Circle: 2019 Annual Community Exhibition and Awards

Published on 06 February 2019


The Devonport Regional Gallery is again presenting its annual North West Art Circle exhibition.

North West Art Circle is a well-known group based on the North West Coast of Tasmania, with a membership of about 60 people who share their passion for making art and their goal to promote and further develop their arts practice.

This annual exhibition is a popular community event, where both well-known and emerging artists have the opportunity to exhibit examples of their works.

Visitors to can expect a varied exhibition with a variety of techniques represented such as oil painting, watercolour, pastel, acrylic, drawing and sculpture.

Exhibition Dates: Saturday 2 February - 3 March

A series of programs and events run alongside the exhibition, which includes workshops in drawing, contemporary embroidery and artist demonstrations. The popular Artists in Action will take place on Sunday 3 March, with NWAC artists demonstrating their artistic processes and practices to Gallery visitors.

Workshops in the Creative Space -

Free stitch on printed imagery

Tutor: Jen Overton

Tuesday 12 February, 6-8pm

Introduction to Pastels

Tutor: June Wilson

Tuesday19 February 6-8pm

Introduction to drawing with Colour Pencil

Tutor: Red Elephant Creative Tas- Ashlee Griffiths

Monday 25 February, 6-8 pm

All classes are free of charge, but bookings are essential: 6424 8296 or

Artists in Action

In conjunction with the annual North West Art Circle exhibition, the popular Artists in Action returns to the Gallery with members demonstrating their processes and answering your questions about their practice.

Sunday 3 March, 11am- 1.30pm

Free event.



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