SELECTED artworks from the Connections art exhibition have been recognised as part of a collection of thought-provoking pieces.

Hosted by the City of Whittlesea, the exhibition showcased more than 90 artworks from 70 talented artists. Each piece was created to remind people about connections with each other and nature.

Chair administrator and judge Lydia Wilson said the nine award recipients were selected for their originality, innovative use of materials and creative interpretation of the exhibition theme.

“The entries into this year’s exhibition were so impressive, which made the judging such a difficult task,” she said.

“We’re fortunate to have so many talented local artists in the City of Whittlesea, and I look forward to seeing many more creations in next year’s exhibition.”

The award recipients included: Zoran Buzevski, City of Whittlesea Art Award; Melissa Thomas, Creative Expression; Sue Gunningham, Innovative Use of Materials; U3A Whittlesea, Response to Theme; and Nathan Buckingham, Ilma Duncan Art Award.

Four entries were highly commended, including Glenda Brearley, Thomastown Primary School, Jodie Zutt and Jane Spracklan.

The judging panel included Ms Wilson, artists Catherine Blakey and Suzi Duncan, and community wellbeing director Kate McCaughey.

The Connections exhibition can viewed online at arts.whittlesea.vic.gov.au.

Many of the artworks in the exhibition are also for sale. To purchase an artwork or for more information, call the City of Whittlesea on 9217 2143.