Trevor’s harmony tree a show favourite

What began as a way to relax for Trevor Lewin has evolved into an award-winning hobby.

PEOPLE’S CHOICE: Artist Trevor Lewin with hissculpture and sponsor John Price.

Mr Lewin was declared the winner of the People’s Choice Award as part of the Maitland Art Prize at last week’s Maitland Mercury Hunter Super Show.

It was not the first time the Beresfield resident has claimed an honour at the event, having taken out the top award four years ago with his first entry.

Mr Lewin named the winning sculpture Living in the Harmony Tree, a reference to the Harry Connick Junior song Hear Me in the Harmony.

And Mr Lewin was delighted to pick up the award from the people.

“To be the people’s choice is something else,” he said.

“The people walking around the show have seen it and liked it, which means a lot.

“It’s hard to explain, but I’m pretty stoked.”

The sculpture took two months to ­create and was made from a tree branch.

“I found the limb of a tree on a ­property and cut the other bits off and shaped them into faces,” Mr Lewin said.

“I stuck it together and added the stand.

“It took a good lot of time to get bits done here and there, but I’m thrilled with how it turned out.”

The People’s Choice Award is sponsored by John and Elizabeth Price and Mr Price said he was impressed with the winning artwork.

“He won the main prize in his first go and now the people’s choice, which isn’t a bad effort,” he said.

“I thought it was the best of the lot as well, which shows the people know what they’re talking about.”

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