Saturday, 8 November 2014

South Ribble Open Art Exhibition

1st November 2014

The event was a really happy one, never had there been such an atmosphere of mutual good feeling between a large audience (around 50 to 60 people) at the Museum. Curator David Hunt introduced the mayor, Mr Walton who welcomed and congratulated the guests. 

89 paintings from 48 local artists make up this years exhibition.

The prizes were awarded and Mr David Jaundrell of Leyland Artists(winner in 2013) presented the claret jug to this year’s winner Mr David McKittrick of New Longton Artists. 

Local artist Michael John Ashcroft had made the selection and in a short speech praised the entrants, and pointed out that he himself (a subsequent winner and now a professional artist) had had his work rejected! Amidst much hilarity the museum curator added that at the time he had the chance to purchase an Ashcroft  for £70 and that he had heard that one had recently changed hands for £7000! 

This years winners...

First - Preston Station - Oil - David McKiddie

Second - Winter Rydal - Oil - Peter Davies

Third - Morning Sun, Buttermere - Pencil - Margaret Dent

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