Grandma Moses Art Competition celebrates late bloomers and the lifelong pursuit of new skills

ENGAGING: Chris Ireland won the open section of the competition in 2017 for this portrait of 'Trevor'. Picture: Supplied

ENGAGING: Chris Ireland won the open section of the competition in 2017 for this portrait of 'Trevor'. Picture: Supplied

ENTRIES close next Friday, August 23, for the Grandma Moses Art Competition for Central Coast artists aged 50 and older.

Now in its 37th year, the art competition and exhibition is hosted by Central Coast Council and inspired by Anna Mary Robertson - dubbed 'Grandma Moses' - who earnt fame for her evocative depictions of American rural life.

She took up painting aged 78 and produced art until she was 101.

Council's connected communities director Julie Vaughan said the essence of the competition was that it's never too late to learn new skills.

"The Grandma Moses program is more than just a popular art exhibition - it is a celebration of the contributions older people make to our community's cultural fabric. It highlights that learning and achievement continues well into our senior years," she said.

Last year, Pearl Beach artist Annie Reid took out the major prize in the competition with her painting of the Californian beachside suburb San Clemente.

CALIFORNIAN BEACHSIDE: The winner of the major prize in last year's Granda Moses Art Competition, Annie Reid, with her painting of San Clemente. Picture: Supplied

CALIFORNIAN BEACHSIDE: The winner of the major prize in last year's Granda Moses Art Competition, Annie Reid, with her painting of San Clemente. Picture: Supplied

With more than $3,000 in prize money, the competition offers avenues for every artistic palette, including open, watercolour, novice, Central Coast-inspired and a special category for 50-plus Leisure and Learning Centre and Senior Centre Art Group members.

Prize winners will be announced on Tuesday, September 10, at 10.30am at the Gosford 50-plus Leisure and Learning Centre.

All entries will be on exhibition at the centre from September 10 to 12 from 10.30am to 4pm.

Entrants must be aged older than 50 years of age and be a resident of the Central Coast local government area.

Entry forms and competition guidelines are available at centralcoast.nsw.gov.au/grandmamoses

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