A packed out 2017 Annual Exhibition preview evening
It was certainly a full house at the Public Hall on Friday with just about enough room for Budleigh Art Club members, spouses, partners, guests and local dignitaries to shoehorn in for the exhibition preview evening. And with 289 works of art on display, the exhibition stands were full to bursting, not to mention the many more unframed paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture and other 3D work on show in the central displays
Ralph Bingham, our chairman welcomed everyone to the evening with special mention of our patrons, guests, judges and representatives from neighbouring clubs.
Our oldest member, Don Papworth, recently achieving a youthful century, was roundly applauded and presented with a special birthday present by Julie Bingham. His favourites, orchids and chocolates, were accompanied by an enthusiastic, if not entirely BBC Proms standard, chorus of Happy Birthday.
Particular thanks and appreciation were given to Jeanne and Keith Marley for again organising the exhibition to its customary high standard. Indeed the hard work and long hours put in by the committee and all involved was genuinely appreciated and the end result, along with such an enthusiastic attendance, looks likely to make this the Club’s most successful annual exhibition to date.
Jeanne introduced our esteemed judges, Simon Ripley from Double Elephant, John Hammond, our new Vice President and Dr Alan Cotton, our longstanding President.
The judges commented on the increasingly high standard of exhibits in all categories this year and many mentions were made of individual works of particular note. The diversity of subject matter, breadth of technique and demonstrations of skill were a true example of the undoubted talent in our area.
As ever, all three of our judges found it a challenging process to nominate just a single winner in each category but after much consideration, the awards for the evening went as follows:
Best Monoprint or Other Medium The Brook Gallery Award presented by Simon Ripley to Pauline Dyer for “Estuary Birds”
Best 3D The Pricilla Hull Award, also presented by Simon to Pam Wilson for “Heads 1 & 2”
Best Watercolour The Talisman Trophy presented by John Hammond to Ruth Rockett for “Tuscany 3”
Best Acrylic The Beryl Hammond Award, presented by John Hammond to Pam Harber for “Footpath”
Best Line or Line and Wash presented by Alan Cotton to Sue Hurst for "Three Mice"
Best Oil Painting The Alan Cotton Trophy presented by Alan Cotton to John Washington for “Alan”
Pictures of the award winning artworks will be published under the EXHIBITIONS header tab in the near future so do come back and check out the website soon .
Ralph wound up proceedings by thanking the judges for their time, constructive comments and expertise. Also to members who contributed to the exhibition, both with their submissions and valuable hours - and of course all who attended the evening. He hoped everyone enjoyed what he considered to be the best exhibition yet and invited all to visit again over the following days for a second or maybe more, tours of the show.
Below are photos of just some of the art enthusiasts who enjoyed the Preview Evening and with sales on the night reaching 19, artists, collectors and organisers will be most gratified. Here’s to 2018!