From YourGuide.Com's Cessnock edition.
July 12, 2006
Globetrotting artist Rhiana Griffith celebrated her return home winning Weston Art Show's Regional Art Prize.
The multi-talented 21-year-old had only just returned from Hollywood where she has been suring up management, networking and possible movie roles. She has already appeared in two feature length movies, Pitch Black and 15 Amore, and is keen to pursue an acting career.
Rhiana, who describes herself as always being a "Creative Kid", started painting professionally when she was 17 and staged her first solo exhibition in 2003.
The former Mulbring schoolgirl won the Regional Art Prize worth $1500 sponsored by Hydro Aluminium with her work entitled Acoustic Nerve.
The show's major award, (acquisitive) sponsored by Cessnock City Council and worth $1500 was won by Morpeth artist Caroline Lobsey with her entry After a Long Day.
Other section winners are: Contemporary, Ileana Clarke; Water Colour, Shirley Hagarty; Traditional, Marea Kozaczynski-McCaig; Pencil, Pen or Ink on Paper, Marea Kozaczynski-McCaig; Flowers Still Life, Yvonne Moyes; Miniature Noelene Fitzgerald; Youth Award, Todd Fuller; Junior Youth Award, Rebecca Clark; Kurri Lions Club schools awards, Elizabeth Crichton and Sarah-Kay Herring. Samuel Robertson and Todd Fuller also figured in a new award for young artists.
Factual Error: Rhiana's first solo art exhibition opened in January 2004, when Rhiana was 18 years old.