WE DID IT

Our 2021 show was a success despite Covid restrictions, with 15 works sold and nearly 600 visitors through the town’s Community Centre over the three days at the beginning of July.

“We had 135 exhibits in water colour, oil, acrylic, pastel and mixed media, as well as collages, collagraphs, needle felt and mosaic, making a colourful and diverse show,” declared Society Chairman, Sue Gentry. “At one point we didn’t know whether we would hold the exhibition at all and thought long and hard about whether we should go ahead as there was no knowing what restrictions would be in place at the time. The safest option was to use the strictest protocols and then we were covered and we made sure that visitors had to sign in or use the NHS app, slap on the sanitiser, socially distance and move around the building using a one-way system,” she said.

The exhibition was again sponsored by Hellards estate agents and a new prize was presented to the Society in memory of talented artist Ann Hart, by her husband Bob, for the Best Floral or Botanical Painting. The beautiful glass vase will be presented, along with all the other prizes at the Society’s members meeting in September.

The People's Choice winner (voted on by visitors) was The Smithy at Work by Jenny Kennish, Best Watercolour - Painting up a Storm by Jeannie Pakenham, Best Acrylic - The Old Boots by Jenny Kennish, Best Mixed Media - Undergrowth by Zella Smith, Best Oil - Cantilever Tree by Jacky Snowdon, Best Floral - Roses by a Window by Jane Swan and the Best New Exhibitor - 32 Broad Street by Annika Bustrom.

1. People's Choice Winner, The Smithy at Work by Jenny Kennish

The Smithy at Work by Jenny Kennish

2. Best Watercolour - Painting up a Storm by Jeannie Pakenham

Painting up a Storm by Jeannie Pakenham

3. Best Acrylic - The Old Boots by Jenny Kennish

The Old Boots by Jenny Kennish

4. Best Mixed Media - Undergrowth by Zella Smith

Undergrowth by Zella Smith

5. Best Oil - Cantilever Tree by Jacky Snowdon

Cantilever Tree by Jacky Snowdon

6. Best Floral - Roses by a Window by Jane Swan

Roses by a Window by Jane Swan

7. Best New Exhibitor - 32 Broad Street by Annika Bustrom.

32 Broad Street by Annika Bustrom.