A BUMPER crowd squeezed into the Elizabeth Guzsely Gallery for the inaugural Archies portrait exhibition, with familiar local faces and historical Cooktown identities spread across the walls.
The local version of the famous Archibald Prize, the Archies is the first portrait exhibition organised by the Cooktown School of Art Society and is hoped to become an annual event.
“It has been so popular, we had to extend the entry closing date due to popular demand,” society president Jane Dennis said.
Ms Dennis also said the crowd at opening night on Friday was possibly a record for the gallery, and many more than expected, with 130 people in attendance.
The Archies awards night, which is also open to the public, will be on Friday 27 October at the gallery on Charlotte Street next to the RSL Memorial Club.