Major successes for local artist

It has been a very successful year for local artist Helen Mortimer, with her paintings of vintage teacups being featured at The Bay Gallery, Ettalong Beach, this month and one of her paintings named as a finalist in the Gosford Art Prize.

Mortimer is one of five artists associated with the gallery, which is the second venture for Art Studios Cooperative, which began eight years ago.

Originally located in Mann St, North Gosford, the cooperative’s artists have enjoyed success in art prizes and have held successful collaborative and solo exhibitions since relocating to Ettalong.

The Gallery is open Fridays and Saturdays 10am-4pm and Sundays 10am-1pm.

Mortimer has also been included in a new book launched in May this year, Artists of the Central Coast, in their own words.

The book explores the creative journeys of 39 artists who live and work on the Central Coast, showcasing their work and sharing their stories and creativity.

Russell, working on a dream by Helen Mortimer

Mortimer’s work Hannah’s Dad, a painting of Peter Sterling, was named as one of 10 finalists in the John Dudley Portrait Prize, with the selected paintings will tour around regional Victoria until the end of September.

She has also been selected as a finalist in the Gosford Art Prize, with a painting of well-known local artist Russell Austen, titled Russell, Working on a Dream.

The winner will be announced at the opening reception on August 19 at Gosford Regional Gallery.

Media release, Aug 11
The Bay Gallery

Hannah’s Dad by Helen Mortimer