GROWING appreciation for Evandale's prestigious Glover Prize has seen an influx of art aficionados ready to back their selections with big bucks.
Including the $40,000 acquisition prize winner South From The Labyrinth (to Mount Olympus and Lake St Clair) , by Mark Rodda, 16 works, worth almost $130,000, had changed hands before midday yesterday.
The tally comes as a result of an increased profile for the prize, which is also seeing more and varied participation from schools, according to Glover Society treasurer James Abbott.
Mr Abbott said the exhibition's educational drive, focusing on what constitutes landscape art, would see about 900 votes from students in its junior choice section this year.
``We'll have about a dozen school groups come through, for the first time we've even got a group from Hobart,'' he said.
``A lot of the younger kids will like the paintings with a lot of colour in them, even though the subject may be beyond them.''
Although he may only be 11, Relbia's William O'Toole is no stranger to the walls of the Glover Prize.
After a brief stroll through his sixth exhibition, the young left-handed artist quickly found his favourite.
``I really liked the soy sauce fish painting from last year,'' William said, admiring his 2014 pick - Michael McWilliams's White Invaders .
``I like all of the animals in it, it's a bit like Where's Wally in the way the animals and Aboriginals are hiding in the bush.''
Mr Abbott said 80 per cent of works at this year's exhibition had been contributed by Tasmanian artists.
The Glover Prize exhibition will be held until Tuesday at the Falls Park Pavilion, Evandale.