Capital Chemist Art Award 2015Share Event on Facebook Share Event on Twitter Share Event on LinkedIn
The most chemist shops (farmacia in Spanish) I’ve seen on one stretch of road was in Cusco. Interesting though because before my short stay in Cusco was over I needed one and it was nothing like our mega pharmacies that have grown and changed to compete and survive. Small, personable and well aware of what my fractured Spanish was trying to buy, just like many a Cusco visitor before me no doubt.
These days it’s the big conglomerates that have made the old neighbourhood chemist shop a thing of the past and the pharmacists are now like doctors and policemen; way too young.
Capital Chemist has spread far and wide in our region but has with many of their sponsorships and community involvement kept in touch with their customers finding ways they can make a difference. Melita Flynn, who just happens to be out and about nearly as much as I am, has been their Community Program Manager for many years and manages to be involved in significant events including the long running Capital Chemist Art Award which has just been judged at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre.
The best thing for the artists was the doubling of the prize money, with Roger Tall of Capital Chemist happy to contribute equal funding from his foundation for the 3 Dimentional entrants, as previously judging the paintings and the sculptures together was more than a bit difficult.
With a theme that references ‘the environment’ entrants could garner more easily their ideas, with the result issues that confront us; rubbish in the oceans, the degradation of the landscape and endangered species featured among the entries.
Peter Haynes, curator, critic, artist and knowledgeable man about town was the judge this year and a sensible choice in this arena. He chose well, the prize recipients were worthy, the exhibition is excellent and the standard a new benchmark for this popular event.