Superb work at Exmouth Art Group's annual exhibition

PUBLISHED: 12:15 17 October 2017 | UPDATED: 10:36 31 October 2017

'The Secret' by Laura Boyd.

'The Secret' by Laura Boyd.

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Exmouth Art Group’s (EAG) 71st annual exhibition - held at Ocean’s top-floor suite – maintained the excellent standards seen in previous years.

Vistors to Exmouth Art Group's annual exhibition at Ocean. Picture: Paul Strange.Vistors to Exmouth Art Group's annual exhibition at Ocean. Picture: Paul Strange.

James Tatum – a professional Canadian artist, now living in Exeter – was the show’s guest of honour. Having judged many other shows over the years, he said the EAG exhibition was ‘probably the highest standard’ that he had ever seen.

There were more than 400 works of art for James to judge. He said that it was almost an ‘impossible’ task to do, but he enjoyed it. After three and a half hours he eventually selected a short list of 13 exhibits, comprising ten outstanding works and three winners. Best In Show was Laura Boyd’s ‘The Secret’.

“Judging was a daunting task, but pleasurable,” said James. “It was difficult to come up with any sort of criteria where you can compare, but the standard here is very high. I do lots of these shows around the country, judging contests, and this is probably the highest standard I’ve seen. And it’s interesting that they combine professional artists with amateur artists and sometimes you can’t tell the difference, so it was very good. I enjoyed it.”

In addition there was a selection of 3-D work, judged by group member and applauded artist Nick Watton. He chose Hilary Bird’s ‘Crystal Surf’ as the winner.

Lorna Porter's 'Christmas Day Swim' was judged as one of the exhibition's outstanding paintings. Picture: Paul Strange.Lorna Porter's 'Christmas Day Swim' was judged as one of the exhibition's outstanding paintings. Picture: Paul Strange.

“We’ve got some very talented artists in this club,” said EAG president David Matthews. “They seem to excel. Everybody steps up. It’s lovely.

It was the final show that David would attend as the group’s president. He said he had enjoyed his time at the helm, but it was time to move on. It was also the last show to be co-ordinated by Elizabeth Swift, EAG’s vice president.

Main prizewinners:

Norah Pearse Awards

A visitor to the Exmouth Art Group's annual exhibition. Picture: Paul Strange.A visitor to the Exmouth Art Group's annual exhibition. Picture: Paul Strange.

(1) Laura Boyd ‘The Secret’. (2) Ray Balkwill ‘Rocks and Surf’. (3) Gillie Newcombe ‘Jurassic Coast (Sidmouth)’.

3D Neilson’s Trophy

(1) Hilary Bird ‘Crystal Surf’. (2) Mariangela Williams ‘Container of Life : Iris Foetidissima’.

Digital art

Hilary Bird's 'Crystal Surf', which won the 3-D Neilson's Trophy. Picture: Paul Strange.Hilary Bird's 'Crystal Surf', which won the 3-D Neilson's Trophy. Picture: Paul Strange.

(1) Ernest Ager ‘At Ease’.

EAG’s exhibition continues at Exmouth Ocean’s top floor suite until Sunday, October 22 (10am-7pm).

Visitors to the Exmouth Art Group annual exhibition at Ocean. Picture: Paul Strange.Visitors to the Exmouth Art Group annual exhibition at Ocean. Picture: Paul Strange.

Exmouth Art Group president David Matthews presents Liz Swift, the group's vice president and exhibition co-ordinator with a floral bouquet to thank her for her work over the years. Picture: Paul Strange.Exmouth Art Group president David Matthews presents Liz Swift, the group's vice president and exhibition co-ordinator with a floral bouquet to thank her for her work over the years. Picture: Paul Strange.

A selection of  3-D work at Exmouth Art Group's annual exhibition. Picture: Paul Strange.A selection of 3-D work at Exmouth Art Group's annual exhibition. Picture: Paul Strange.

Visitors to Exmouth Art Group's annual exhibition included Ian MacQueen , chairman of Exmouth Chamber of Commerce and his wife Sandy, a former mayor of Exmouth. The couple purchased Hilary Bird's painting, 'Solo Challenge'. Picture: Paul Strange.Visitors to Exmouth Art Group's annual exhibition included Ian MacQueen , chairman of Exmouth Chamber of Commerce and his wife Sandy, a former mayor of Exmouth. The couple purchased Hilary Bird's painting, 'Solo Challenge'. Picture: Paul Strange.

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