Lithgow artist Natisha Daniloff was the overall winner for the Lithgow Contemporary Art Prize on Saturday, July 7.
Her work ‘treasured layers’ was inspired by the books that her family carried when they escaped Russia.
“Your work was probably the most resolved piece,” judge and curator Lizzy Marshall said.
Mrs Daniloff was overcome with emotion when her name was called out.
“Is this a dream?” she said.
“This work has always been a part of a bigger piece but they really represent the books and education that my family brought with them and what you can keep and what needs to be left behind.”
Two highly commended awards were handed out to Maryanne Bower for her piece ‘Truth’ and to Kay Booker for her sculpture titled ‘Mother and infant’.
Ms Booker was also excited that her sculpture sold to an anonymous buyer.
“It has been fantastic, it is great to see the art community in Lithgow expanding and getting behind these events,” LCAP coordinator Anna Carter said.
Gang Gang Gallery owner Sharon Howard said she was happy that so many people attended despite the horrific weather conditions.
“This gallery can accommodate such wonderful art prizes so it is a pleasure to hold LCAP here this year,” she said.
“We want to encourage everyone going forward because we have some great ideas we hope to implement over the next few years.”
Councillors Maree Statham, Cass Coleman and Steve Ring all attended.