Vis­i­tors pick their favourites in an­nual Open Art ex­hi­bi­tion

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

VIS­I­TORS to a town cen­tre art ex­hi­bi­tion have cho­sen their favourites.

The Mac­cles­field Open Art ex­hi­bi­tion was held at the Silk Mu­seum on Park Lane over the last two months.

It saw 169 works dis­played in­clud­ing ef­forts by Ge­off Beard, Wayne Blackhurst, He­len Brock­le­hurst and Penny Broad­bent.

Other artists that took part in the suc­cess­ful event were Patty Cal­laghan, Sue Guild­ford, Hi­fumi Ogasa­hara and Sonia Shep­herd.

The win­ner of the Vis­i­tors’ Choice Award, was se­lected us­ing votes from vis­i­tors.

The artist, who scoops £200 in prize money was Mar­i­lyn Rhind for her semi-ab­stract land­scape paint­ing ‘Sum­mer­time’.

In sec­ond place was Ann Robert­son with her lino print ‘Lodge­pole Pine’ and there was a tie for third be­tween Bolling­ton artist Ruth Smith’s and her wa­ter­colour ‘Brown Hare Watch­ing’ and Mac­cles­field artist He­len Wright’s ce­ramic sculp­ture ‘I Have a Coat the Same Colour as My Dog’.

Other prizes an­nounced be­fore the start of the ex­hi­bi­tion went to Steven Bew­sher and Ralph McGaul.

Mar­i­lyn, who was born in Manch­ester in 1948, only took up paint­ing in 2004. Fol­low­ing her re­tire­ment in 2010 she has con­cen­trated full time on her art. She di­vides her time be­tween her home in Deganwy, North Wales, and her stu­dio in Stock­port.

She said: “Paint­ing with pal­ette knives gives my work the colour and tex­ture I want and in­jects a con­tem­po­rary edge to some tra­di­tional sub­jects.”

A spokesman for the ex­hi­bi­tion or­gan­is­ers said: “Mar­i­lyn’s work proved par­tic­u­larly popular with vis­i­tors to the Mac­cles­field Open, with a sec­ond paint­ing also re­ceiv­ing nu­mer­ous votes.”

The Mac­cles­field Open Art ex­hi­bi­tion was launched in 2013 to showcase emerg­ing lo­cal tal­ent. It aimed to give all kinds of artists the chance to show their work whether they are young, old, am­a­teur or pro­fes­sional.

The in­spi­ra­tion for the ex­hi­bi­tion came from the Barn­aby Art Trail, which showcases work in venues around the town through­out the sum­mer fes­ti­val. The event runs be­tween Novem­ber and Jan­uary.

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