OUR RUBY CELEBRATIONS
and an exhibition to remember
Following a bustling Preview Evening, our Ruby Year Exhibition continued in style with a stream of local residents, members and visitors to the town for their summer holidays - and what sunny weather we had!
As we all know, pictures are worth many thousands of words and you'll find a selection below covering some of the activities over the ten days we were open.
This year we had some additional attractions – teatime jazz, members’ cards for sale, a much bigger bookstall, more artists showing a variety of skills and some media techniques that we’ve not shown before like computer created art.
With almost 300 submissions it’s the largest number of entrants we’ve ever displayed and the quality of the work is reflected in this year’s sales.
Each day there were ARTISTS@WORK with members demonstrating their various skills and the opportunity to chat with visitors. Acrylics, oils, watercolours, mixed media of all sorts including textiles, collage, embroidery and even some intricate model painting.
The Art Café was, as ever, busy throughout, several visitors returning on subsequent days to enjoy the delicious cakes created by our ‘baking members’.
A record number of visitors enjoyed our hospitality this year.
And even more fun at the children's drawing and colouring tablecloth in the Art Cafe during this year's show. You can see some of their work below - future members maybe?
The prize draw with Richard Rochester's charcoal drawing and Bob Seabright's watercolour painting proved to be a great success and along with proceeds from the bookstall sales we’ll be able to donate a healthy sum to this year’s chosen charities. Congratulations to our two winners
So many members gave their time and effort to the show - from the stewards and the sales teams to the café volunteers and those on the exhibition team - it’s impossible to mention them all so a big thank you from all of us for making our Ruby Exhibition such a success.
Now it’s time to draw breath, pour a glass of something to relax with … before we start to contemplate what we can do for next years show!