• Rob Ferguson, Kerry Hurkett, Roseanne Toohey and Kaith Bailey

    Rob Ferguson, Kerry Hurkett, Roseanne Toohey and Kaith Bailey

  • Wendy and Viv Straw

    Wendy and Viv Straw

  • Adele Rae Cameron, and her highly commended entry 'Blue View'

    Adele Rae Cameron, and her highly commended entry 'Blue View'

  • Jo Hollier's sculpture award winning 'Sclerophyl Forest'

    Jo Hollier's sculpture award winning 'Sclerophyl Forest'

  • Capital Chemist's Roger Tall, Melita Flynn and Peter Downing

    Capital Chemist's Roger Tall, Melita Flynn and Peter Downing

  • Roger Tall awards Jo Hollier the Tall Foundation Sculpture Prize.

    Roger Tall awards Jo Hollier the Tall Foundation Sculpture Prize.

  • Accepting the prize for her daughter, Claire Primrose, was her mum with Peter Downing from Capital Chemist

    Accepting the prize for her daughter, Claire Primrose, was her mum with Peter Downing from Capital Chemist

  • Elizabeth Coleman , accepts her highly commended prize from Melita Flynn

    Elizabeth Coleman , accepts her highly commended prize from Melita Flynn

  • Christine Scott accepts her highly commended award from Melita Flynn

    Christine Scott accepts her highly commended award from Melita Flynn

  • Marta Grbic-Dawson and Monika Leone

    Marta Grbic-Dawson and Monika Leone

  • Sandy Gibbney and Peter Richens

    Sandy Gibbney and Peter Richens

  • Jo Hollier and exhibition judge Peter Haynes

    Jo Hollier and exhibition judge Peter Haynes

  • Sam Wong Karl Maftoum and Joy Burch

    Sam Wong Karl Maftoum and Joy Burch

  • Kerry Hurkett's 'Far from the average' caravan of yesteryear.

    Kerry Hurkett's 'Far from the average' caravan of yesteryear.

  • Narelle Phillips, exhibition curator.

    Narelle Phillips, exhibition curator.

Capital Chemist Art Award 2015

20 August 2015

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.