A reflective portrait of a friend won artist David El-Melky both the People’s Choice Award and the prize for best Traditional Oil in the Orange Blossom Festival Annual Art Awards.

His work, Yearning For Youth, was one of 174 works of art that people could vote on during the nine-day exhibition organised by the Castle Hill Art Society.

The Best in Show Award went to Colina Grant’s traditional oil of one of her friends.

The amazingly diverse works brightened up the Castle Glen Community Centre in Ridgecrop Drive for over a week.

Hills Shire Mayor, Dr Michelle Byrne, presented the awards, also present were Deputy Mayor Reena Jethi and councillors Liz Russo and Brooke Collins.

The Award winners were:
• Hills Shire Council’s Best in Show Award: Colina Grant
• Patron’s Award for Traditional Oil: David El-Melky
• Derivan Award for Traditional Acrylic: Craig Renneberg
• Patron’s Award for Pure Watercolour: Susheela Giri
• NDP Award for Pastel and Works on Paper: Graeme Gould
• John Andrew Memorial Award for Contemporary: Caroline Pullinger
• Dorsal Award for Small Paintings: Madeleine Symanski
• Living Choice art prize for an artist aged over 60: Yvonne Tanous
• Living Choice Member’s Award: Nicole Midroni
• Committee Choice Award: Maxine Collins
• People’s Choice Award: David El-Melky

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