A CENTRAL Launceston church has been given a colourful burst of energy thanks to the arrival of an estimated 100 paintings celebrating life.
Holy Trinity Anglican Church, at the corner of George and Cameron streets, is hosting the annual Launceston Art Society Celebrating Life exhibition.
Society president Carlene Bullock said the paintings would be on display in the church daily until August 15.
She said the church was a spectacular venue with its stained glass windows and high ceilings, meaning the work was shown in its best light.
A range of prizes were awarded.
Darren Meander won the Greg Waddle Memorial Award for his oil painting Winter Morning, St John St.
The Holy Trinity Religious Art Award went to Richard Klekociuk for Still in Denial.
The Capital Chemist Award was won by Olga Volkora for her pastel drawing Little Artist.
Klekociuk said his coloured pencil drawing explored how the Bible story of Peter denying Christ had resonated through the ages.
‘‘The greatest denial was by Peter,’’ he said.
‘‘But unfortunately so many people are still in denial of the teaching of Jesus.
‘‘The symbolic use of fire and the rooster (in the painting) is a reminder of Peter’s human frailty and our own.’’