Her acrylic on canvas piece, aptly titled Exotic Birds, was voted Nero’s best piece by CIBO Espresso customers and Galleria fans.
More than 1600 online votes were cast in the CIBO Galleria Nero People’s Choice Awards, with Jane Blacket’s “Pipe Dreams” voted second and Sheree Wright’s ‘Sanguine View” achieving third place.
The Nero winners each receive $1000 towards their professional development and are now in the running for the grand prize of $10,000 and the chance to display their artwork on CIBO Espresso’s iconic red takeaway coffee cups.
One lucky Nero fan, Marie Fagan, has also won 365 free CIBO coffees simply for voting for her favourite work.
CIBO Espresso Director Roberto Cardone says Nero has built on the success of the two previous CIBO Galleria exhibitions, Giallo and Arancio.
“We launched the CIBO Galleria initiative earlier this year as a way of bringing art to the people, and the response from our customers and artists keen to take part indicates the success of the initiative,” Roberto said.
The fourth and final exhibition in the CIBO Galleria series, Verde, is now on show in 10 CIBO Espresso stores across Adelaide. More than 100 pieces by 16 artists are on show until the end of December, 2010.
“CIBO Galleria has assisted artists not only in expressing their talents, but more importantly, provided them with an opportunity to display their work to the public,” Roberto said.
“We have provided local artists with the opportunity to have free exhibition space and access to an audience of more than 50,000 people every week.”
The South Australian public is now being asked to throw its support behind the Verde artists by visiting stores and voting for their favourite artwork at www.ciboespresso.com.au/galleria. One lucky voter will join Marie Fagan as the winner of 365 free coffees, simply for casting a vote.