ROSEMARY White is the 2021 Glenside Lions Art Show winner for her work Still Life With Billy Buttons, sponsored by the City of Burnside.

Art Show winning entry

Rosemary’s winning entry, which earned her a first prize of $2000, was one of 400 paintings entered for the 30th anniversary of the Glenside Lions art show which is on show in the Burnside Ballroom until November 2.

Over the past 30 years the Glenside Lions Art Show has raised $385,000 for South Australian charities and organisations who help people in need.

This year’s recipient is Adelaide’s Catherine House, which was founded in 1988 and is recognised as South Australia’s only recovery-based service for women experiencing homelessness.

Rosemary, who graduated from the Adelaide Central School of Art in 2013, won the first prize at her first attempt.

“Billy buttons are a very cute native plant with a yellow flower. I love indigenous plants,” she said.

After a quiet 2020 due to Covid-19 restrictions, Rosemary has been fired up in 2021 and the success at Glenside Lions Art Show has been her crowning glory to date.

She has painted several commissioned portraits, including one of acclaimed indigenous singer-songwriter Nathan May.

Art show director Cathy Greven said she was delighted with the standard of the 400 entries.

“This year’s standard has been extremely high despite the challenges faced with Covid-19,” Cathy said.

“Rosemary’s painting is beautiful yet simple with its wood grain panel and yellow billy button flowers. I like it so much I am considering buying it myself.”

Cathy said she was delighted the proceeds of the show were going to a deserved cause.

Catherine House is a charity that supports women experiencing homelessness.

Through recovery orientated interventions, they work in partnership with women, creating opportunities to have greater personal well-being for a meaningful and satisfying life.

Catherine House offers emergency accommodation and support services for women experiencing homelessness, who are 18 years and older and unaccompanied by children.

Past beneficiaries from the art show have included Motor Neurone Disease (MND), Alzheimer’s Association (now called Dementia Australia), Legacy, HeartKids, Cystic Fibrosis South Australia Inc, SPELD Inc, Mary Potter Foundation, RDNS Foundation, Burnside CFS, Burnside Mobile Library, Operation Flinders, Lions Hearing Dogs and Eastwood Community Centre.

Highly commended winners who each won $200 were Iroda Adil for In the Garden; Adrian Ambagtsheer for Sparkling Wattle; Kathryn Gruber for Exuberant; Michael Lawry for Kangarilla; Peter Wallfried for his Plant Collection 1. The Adelaide Central School of Arts Encouragement Award: Robyn Bromhan’s Battle for Supremacy.

The event is run by Lions members and their partners as well as volunteers from the beneficiary charity.

The club receives sponsorship from many local businesses, and the Burnside Village Shopping Centre management provides space to preview some of the artwork.

The art show, as well as providing funds for worthwhile causes, also gives opportunity for both established and emerging artists to show off their talents. The show receives good support and positive feedback from artists and the community.

Chairperson: Cathy Greven

Sponsor co-ordinator: Greg Drilling

Glenside Lions President: John Standingford