A magical art prize

Franciska Howard. (Damjan Janevski) 400622_01

The 10th annual 5×7 Art Prize is currently on display at the Louise Joel Arts & Community Centre, with another year of winners including Seabrook resident Franciska Howard.

This is the third time Howard’s artwork has won an art prize, but this time her artwork inspired by her granddaughter.

Her piece titled ‘Let it Go’ won her third place and $200, plus the thrill of having her work on display.

“[My granddaughter] came over during the Christmas holidays and was singing ‘Let It Go’ from Frozen, so I snapped a photo and later when the theme was announced I thought of that image,” Howard said.

“I thought about how nice it would be to have a picture of Eliza with her little costume on singing the song with a small bird flying out of her hand.”

Exhibition co-ordinator Kirsten Craggs said her piece was selected by the judges for its artistic merit within the theme of this years’ event ‘that song.’

More than 80 artists have supplied over 230 pieces to the exhibition, which will be on display until Wednesday, April 24.

“People are welcome to visit and vote for their favourite painting which will be announced at the end of the exhibition, most of them are on sale too and are quite achievable.”

In previous years, Howard has won both first and second place, inspiring her to continue her passion for art.

“Last year I sold all three of my pieces, which was really great. It is nice to know that someone appreciates your work and thinks it is good enough for them to take home and display,” she said.