Young artist’s dog drawing a winner

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Puppy painting: Young artist Mary Turner with her winning portrait of puppy Mia. Picture: Supplied

MARY Turner, Elisa Huang, and Paige Kelly have been named as the three winners of the Frankston Art Centre’s inaugural Grand Pawtrait Prize award.

Children between four and twelve submitted portraits of their pets in a bid to win the competition. 88 pieces of art were submitted.

Ms Turner won the people’s and pet’s choice award for her drawing of her nine-month-old German Shepard Mia. “I took a photo of Mia playing fetch and then drew her beautiful happy face,” she said.

Michelle Turner, Mary’s mother, said “all Mary does is draw and draw and draw. She doesn’t go anywhere without her notebook and pencil.”

“This was such a fantastic competition, it was so well run and Mary really felt important, we would definitely love to be a part of this again next year,” she said.

Eight-year-old Elisa Huang’s piece was a watercolour of her friend’s pet chicken, and six-year-old Page Kelly created a watercolour of her rabbit Alfalfa.

All entrants’ work is displayed at the Arts Centre during school holidays.

First published in the Frankston Times – 30 September 2019

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