Devon Body Art Exhibition at Exmouth ‘a fantastic success’

Work by artists Mel Broom and Jos Van Oers - model Toni lunt - at the Devon Body Art Exhibiton at Ex

Work by artists Mel Broom and Jos Van Oers - model Toni lunt - at the Devon Body Art Exhibiton at Exmouth's Royal Beacon Hotel. Picture: Ian Poole. - Credit: Archant

An art show with a difference was hailed a ‘fantastic success’ when the human form turned canvas to become unique works of art.

Artist Shelley LaFleur with model Wendy Gardner at the Devon Body Art exhibition at Exmouth's Royal

Artist Shelley LaFleur with model Wendy Gardner at the Devon Body Art exhibition at Exmouth's Royal Beacon Hotel. Picture: Ian Poole. - Credit: Archant

The Devon Body Art Exhibition, organised by Shelley LaFleur, was a first for Exmouth; the two-day event, at the Royal Beacon Hotel, showcased the work of body artists from across the globe.

Exmouth Community College student Milena Watts, 17, with her boyfriend Daniel Evans as her model, scooped the final catwalk display of work, judged by award-winning Belgium artist Sabine Vogel.

Work by artist Anita Rorje - model Erich Jonah Puttick - at the Devon Body Art Exhibition at Exmouth

Work by artist Anita Rorje - model Erich Jonah Puttick - at the Devon Body Art Exhibition at Exmouth's Royal Beacon Hotel. Picture: Ian Poole - Credit: Archant

Shelley Le Fleur said: “Milena has a natural talent for someone so young, and will be sure to go far in the body art world.”

The theme for the event was regeneration as a nod to the current development plans for Exmouth seafront. Body artists were invited to create ‘fabulous designs’ on the human form.

Artist Milena Watts creating her prize-winning work - with her boyfriend Daniel Evans as her model -

Artist Milena Watts creating her prize-winning work - with her boyfriend Daniel Evans as her model - at the Devon Body Art Exhibition at Exmouth’s Royal Beacon Hotel. Picture: Ian Poole. - Credit: Archant


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The organiser said the public was keen to chat to the artists and their models.

“Locals were responsive and interested in the process, and it was a fantastic success,” said Shelley.

Milena Watts' prize-winning work - with her boyfriend Daniel Evans as her model - at the Devon Body

Milena Watts' prize-winning work - with her boyfriend Daniel Evans as her model - at the Devon Body Art Exhibition at Exmouth's Royal Beacon Hotel. Picture: Ian Poole. - Credit: Archant

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A door collection raised money for the Supershoes charity.

Another show may be held at the same venue next year.

Milena Watts accepting first-prize for best interpretation of the theme from judge Sabine Gabrielle

Milena Watts accepting first-prize for best interpretation of the theme from judge Sabine Gabrielle Vogel at the Devon Body Art Exhibition at Exmouth's Royal Beacon Hotel. Picture: Ian Poole. - Credit: Archant

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