Somerset’s bite-sized art

SASI president Sandi Hook with two of her submissions to the Somerset Mini Art Challenge, lithographs on magnani litho paper: ‘Creek Bed, Alice River’, and “I will follow her wherever she may go…” (a hand-coloured lithograph). Picture: JACOB HAYDEN

Somerset Art Society Inc (SASI) cordially invites all artists in the region and beyond to take part in the inaugural Somerset Mini Art Challenge.

Dr Sandi Hook joined SASI as its new president in August 2023 and is looking to extend the group’s reach through the challenge.

“We’ve invited all of Somerset and the surrounding areas, whether they’re SASI members or not, to be a part of this,” Dr Hook said.

“The Somerset Mini Art Challenge highlights the fact that small is beautiful.

“It’s a competition and exhibition for small 2D and 3D artworks.

“The prizes amount to over $1,000 and there will be no commission on this work, which is a very big plus.”

The SASI exhibition will be held from 6 to 31 July in the intimate Glen Rock Gallery in Esk, featuring up to 100 bite-sized artworks limited to 33cm by 33cm.

Dr Hook said the exhibition would showcase the many and varied talents of artists around the region and beyond.

“The heart and soul of SASI is to get together with fantastic creators to bounce off each other and make future artworks,” she said.

“There’s some fantastic work and fantastic artists in this region.”

Categories for the challenge are environment (e.g. landscape, cityscape, etc.), fauna and animals, flora and still life, portrait and people, and 3D – any subject and any medium.

Entries for the Mini Art Challenge cost $15 per artwork (maximum three per person) and close 5pm on 14 June or when 100 pieces are entered.

Visitors to the gallery can vote for their favourite piece, and there is also a hanger’s choice prize.

Dr Hook said encouraged more artists to join SASI, regardless where they live.

Membership costs only $30 per annum.

“You can be a member of SASI and not be in the Somerset region and you’ll get our wonderful newsletters monthly,” she said.

Visit to enter the challenge or to learn more about the group.