A Dubbo artist is among the winners of Dunedoo's Art Unlimited competition in 2021.
Gill Pedrana's portrait of Wiradjuri elder Riverbank Frank took out the ABC Western Plains Prize.
Dubbo's Rowena Galway and Denelle Adams were highly commended for their entries in the Art Unlimited photography section.
Wellington's Harriet Taylor was highly commended for her entry in the hanging art section while Elong Elong's Christine O'Leary took out the competition's Deutscher Packing Room Prize.
The 2021 competition drew 333 entries from artists, photographers and ceramicists from every state in Australia.
Winners shared $11,500 in prize money.
A capacity crowd of 300 people attended the opening of Art Unlimited at Dunedoo Central School Hall on Friday night to applaud the winners and admire the entries.
They were welcomed by Dale Hogden, president of the Dunedoo Lions Club which presents Art Unlimited.
Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton officially open the 2021 Art Unlimited exhibition.
It was his first experience of Art Unlimited and he said it would leave a "lasting impression".
Mr Coulton paid tribute to the many volunteers and Lions club members who made the event possible.
Mr Coulton noted the quality of the works on show and expressed admiration for the way they were presented.
"Arts and culture have always played an important role in our regional communities," he said.
"But over the past year we've seen just how significant events like this one are in not only bringing people together, but helping our communities bounce back from COVID-19," he said.
"Art Unlimited is a great example of how a small community like Dunedoo is doing something positive to put the town on the map.
"I'm impressed that Dunedoo is hosting an exhibition with over 300 works of art from every state in the country."
Art Unlimited event manager Penny Stevens said opening night included the "usual" spirited discussion about the judges' choices.
"What art competition doesn't attract a bit of controversy?," she said.
"But everyone present agreed that it was a memorable night and a wonderful chance for people to get back together in an atmosphere of conviviality and creativity."
An annual event since 2008, Art Unlimited was cancelled in 2017 because of the catastrophic Sir Ivan bushfire and in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 2021 Art Unlimited results can be found at www.artunlimitednsw.com.au.
The exhibition will be open from 9.30am to 4pm on Saturday, May 29.
It will close at 3pm on Sunday, May 30.
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