Thursday, September 26, 2013
Exmouth Art Group is celebrating after its annual summer exhibition proved to be as successful as ever.
The 67th running of the event was particularly satisfying for members, as they feared they might have to cancel it due to the demolition of their usual venue, the Elizabeth Hall.
This was something they were anxious to avoid, as it would have broken an annual tradition started in 1946 when the group was established.
However, thanks to Mark and Rachel Quinn, the owners of the Ocean Blue bowling complex, the group was able to transform its ground-floor area into a striking, modern gallery space, complemented by an outstanding display of nearly 300 exhibits to a backdrop of wonderful estuary views, which 1,800 visitors stopped by to enjoy.
The exhibition’s guest of honour was BBC Spotlight reporter Simon Hall, who selected and announced his awards at the preview evening, giving first prize to Clare Evans for Golden Harvest, Devon, second to Mark Loman for An Estuary Evening and third to Pat Tubbs, for Riding the Waves.
Simon congratulated all exhibitors on the remarkable and extensive array of talent.
The raffle, this year supporting local charity Exmouth Beach Rescue Club, had an unusual and exceptional first prize, with the winner, Pat Barratt, being invited to choose her own favourite artwork from the exhibition up to the value of £200.
Although she felt very much spoilt for choice, Mrs Barratt picked Solitude by Flora Ball, and Barn at Branscombe by Jenny Osborne.
The second prize, two River Exe cruise tickets donated by Stuart Line, was won by Patrick Canavan.