The pupils of Bishop Anstey High School took the lion’s share of prizes at the Eight Biennial Art Competition held by the Women in Art in collaboration with the National Museum and Art Gallery, the Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism and the Ministry of Education.
The prize-giving for the competition was held at the National Museum and Art Gallery, Frederick Street, Port of Spain and was attended by the young artists their parents and teachers.
In bringing greetings, Noreen Carrington-Dixon, president of Women in Art said she was glad to see more boys entering the competition and that despite the name of the organisation she now heads, the competition was also opened to them.
Fraulein Rudder, artist and former president of Women in Art, said it was her pleasure to be standing in front the future generation of artists. She encouraged the male artists to enter in larger numbers to catch up with the girls who now outnumber them.
Nicholas Roop of Carapichaima East Secondary and Jose Alejandro Gomez of Fatima College were the two successful artists in this year’s competition.
“Art is a spiritual profession. Whatever you put out comes from your soul.
“That’s why nobody can paint the way you do,” Rudder said.
She also advised the young artists to be original at all times.
“You might see a painting and like it but don’t copy from it, instead learn from it.”
Rudder also invited the pupils to her Diamond Vale home/art gallery to view her work, and for any advice.
Kleah Mannette of Bishop Antsey High School excelled in most categories in the competition and also won the Dr Leroy Clarke Trophy for Most Outstanding Art Student, the Republic Bank Trophy for Graphics for Corporate Use and first and second prize in the Graphic Arts category for two entries.
Bishop Antsey High School was given the Stationery Plus Trophy for most outstanding school, while the Dr Pat Bishop Trophy for Excellent Drawing went to Renelle Kissoon of St Stephen’s College.
Pleasantville Secondary also had a good showing in the competition as did Fyzabad Anglican School.
Prizes were also awarded in the categories portrait, landscape/seascape, still life, experimental and graphics to name a few. Zalayhar Hassanali was among the presenters of prizes at the event.