Mike’s skateboard Punks take a top art show award

Hundreds of art lovers have been admiring work by the town’s finest artists at the 33rd Budleigh Salterton Art Club exhibition.

Until Bank Holiday Monday, the Public Hall will be packed full with art in a variety of mediums, including sculptures, ceramics, 3D work and 266 framed paintings and 180 unframed works.

The entries, from 84 exhibitors of all ages in 11 categories, were judged by three local artists, Alan Cotton, Judy Hempstead and Jim Lester.

Prize winners included Gill Parsons, who won the Cecil Elgee memorial (judges’ choice), and the Alan Cotton trophy for oil with her painting ‘still life’.

Mike Ahern won the category best human interest artwork with his oil painting on a skateboard called ‘Punks’.

Neil Rogers claimed the Priscilla Hull award for 3D work with his ‘angel of our time’, depicting an angel holding a banner pronouncing ‘fight the cuts’ and members of the public also had the chance to vote for their favourite work.

The public’s choice and a complete list of all category winners will be carried in next week’s Journal.

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Visitors also had the chance to take part in a raffle to win a piece of art, with the proceeds to go to the club’s chosen charity, The Alzheimers Society.

Club member Susan Chapman said: “I think this year the entries are even better.

“There is such a great variety of work and the standard is very high.

“The variation is interesting and this year we have many examples of 3D work with ceramics, bronzes and sculptures in wood.”

l The exhibition runs until Bank Holiday Monday, daily, from 10am to 5pm.