Lake Macquarie artist ‘delighted’ with award


Local artist Melody Jones is still on “cloud nine” after winning a prestigious accolade at the 2021 Lake Mac Awards.

Almost 70 people were nominated for this year’s honours across 10 categories, covering sports, the arts, the environment and community groups.

A month after the event ceremony, Ms Jones admitted she remained “delighted, excited and humbled” to be acknowledged as Lake Mac’s Artist and Creator recipient.

Piper Butcher was highly-commended in the same section.

“I was thrilled [to hear the result],” she said.

“And, I hope this award helps attract new audiences and shines a light on my art practice.”

Ms Jones, who grew up on the Lake in Toronto and Fennel Bay, has created and exhibited artwork for the past 40 years in parallel with an art teaching career.

“Life drawing is central to my practice,” she said.

“I often experiment and combine new materials to challenge and expand my understanding of the processes of art making.”

The contemporary artist, whose studio is on the edge of Lake Macquarie, is concerned with thought-provoking stereotypes and traditional roles, too.

“I’m currently exploring issues created by COVID-19 and the witnessing of climate change,” Ms Jones said.

She’s also exhibited in galleries throughout NSW and interstate with works hung in various prestigious finalist exhibitions including the Jacaranda Drawing Prize, The Kennedy Prize, The Adelaide Perry Prize and a semi-finalist in the Doug Moran Prize.

2021 Lake Mac Awards winners list

  • Lake Mac Ambassador: Jonathon Power
  • Lake Mac Artist and Creator: Melody Jones
  • Lake Mac Artist and Creator: Piper Butcher (Highly Commended)
  • Lake Mac Arts Leader: Jessica Conneely
  • Lake Mac Community Group of the Year: Awesome Lake Mac
  • Lake Mac Environmental Leader: Samantha Cross – Plastic Police
  • Lake Mac Rising Sports Star: Emily Jones
  • Lake Mac Sports Leader: Benjamin Jenkinson
  • Lake Mac Sports Star: Hannah Southwell
  • Lake Mac Volunteer of the Year: Christine Speer – NSW SES
  • Lake Mac Young Citizen of the Year: Jasmine Seidel

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