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Exmouth Art Group’s exhibition sails into Exmouth’s Ocean

PUBLISHED: 18:30 07 October 2017

Flashback: Nick Watton with his painting, 'Bill, Jigging for Mackerel, which received the most votes last year for best in show, and is this year's raffle prize.

Flashback: Nick Watton with his painting, 'Bill, Jigging for Mackerel, which received the most votes last year for best in show, and is this year's raffle prize.

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Exmouth Art Group’s annual exhibition is coming up soon.

Flashback: local residents Ann Jones (left) and Irena Boobyer enjoying last year's Exmouth Art Group's annual exhibition. Photo: Paul Strange.Flashback: local residents Ann Jones (left) and Irena Boobyer enjoying last year's Exmouth Art Group's annual exhibition. Photo: Paul Strange.

Held at Exmouth’s Ocean Suite from October 13-22, the group’s 71st annual exhibition and sale of work will feature original paintings, along with 3-D pieces, iPad Art, unframed work and greetings cards.

There’s also work by two local celebrated artists – James Tatum and Ray Balkwill.

Tatum – a professional Canadian artist who now lives in Exeter – is this year’s guest of honour, and he will be selecting the prizewinners and commendations.

Balkwill – recently made an honorary member of the group – is well known for his paintings of the Exe Estuary, but he’ll be including some different work at the exhibition.

Flashback: Looking at the exhibits at last year's Exmouth Art Group's annual exhibition. Photo: Paul Strange.Flashback: Looking at the exhibits at last year's Exmouth Art Group's annual exhibition. Photo: Paul Strange.

He said: “For the past three decades I’ve captured the estuary in just about every painting medium available, so recently I decided to explore other ways in which to depict the subject. ‘Towards the high lands of Orcombe’ is a mixed-media assemblage which was made from pieces of found objects, appropriately foraged from the foreshore. I wanted the rusting metal and the weather-worn patina to become the focus of the work itself, with little intervention on my part.”

There will also be an opportunity to purchase a charity raffle ticket to win a painting by group member and applauded artist Nick Watton, whose painting, ‘Bill, Jigging for Mackerel’, received the most votes last year for best in show.

Visitors can choose to relax inside or outside on the balcony overlooking the seafront, purchase light refreshments from the Ocean bar and chat to group members.

“To have our work displayed on the top floor of the Ocean is fantastic,” said EAG president David Matthews. “We hope we continue at this great site for years to come.”

Ray Balkwill's mixed-media assemblage 'Towards The High Lands Of Orcombe'.Ray Balkwill's mixed-media assemblage 'Towards The High Lands Of Orcombe'.

The exhibition runs from Friday, October 13 to Sunday October 22, 10am to 7pm, with an admission charge of £1.

For more information, email Exmouth Art Group manager, Catherine Ager, secretary@exmouthartgroup.org.uk or call 01395 260591.

“I do hope the exhibition is supported by the Exmouth public, who I am sure will be impressed by all our Exmouth amateur artists,” said David Matthews. “See you all at the exhibition!”

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