Lighting the Darkness

13th National Exhibition
Queensland Maritime Museum

The opening of the exhibition on Saturday 4th July was timed to be included as part of the celebrations of the Centenary of the Commonwealth Lighthouse Service, so there were many viewers with a connection to the Service. There were 41 paintings on display in many styles, techniques and mediums and something to please all viewers.

1st Prize to Warwick Webb for his evocative historical watercolour Guardians of the Hunter. $1500 donated by AMS and a grouping of CLS and Lighthouse badges donated by AMSA.

2nd Prize to Don Braben for his action oil Another day at the office – ‘Cape Grafton’ and crew. $500 donated by the Coleston family (ex CLS) and copy of Garry Searles book First order, Australia’s Highway of Lighthouses donated by AMSA

3rd Prize to Bill Thomas for his small oil of Wooli Light near Yamba showing the light at night. $100 donated by AMS and a plaque of a lighthouse and ship.