SOME of the region's brightest young talent stepped into the spotlight at the Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre on Saturday night.
To coincide with the launch of the Archibald Prize 2019 Regional Tour on January 25, Muswellbrook Shire Council hosted a competition for aspiring local artists, comprising four age categories: 5-8 years, 9-12 years, 13-15 years and 16-18 years.
And, in front of a big crowd, the winners of the inaugural - and aptly-named - Muswellbrook Young Archie were announced.
Hannah Tranate's My Mum took out the 5-8 years' title, while Jonathon Davies prevailed in the 9-12 years with his work, Nanna.
In the hotly-contested 13-15 years section, Jasmine Bellotti claimed the honours with Miss Waas, with Lachlan Cox's Grandfather earning him the 16-18 years spoils.
"We received fantastic entries from all over the Upper Hunter," Muswellbrook Shire Council general manager Fiona Plesman said.
"It certainly made it hard for the judges.
"Thanks must go to the Trustees (for the Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre) for the selection of works and Archibald Prize 2019 Regional Tour presenting partner ANZ."
The Muswellbrook Young Archie finalists, Archibald Prize 2019 Regional Tour and two other exhibitions will be on display from now until Sunday, March 8.