Kind-hearted Geoff is visitors’ choice
APAINTER who won the public vote in an art competition has donated his winnings to charity.
As the organiser of the Macclesfield Open Art Exhibition, Geoff Archer was shocked to discover he had won the ‘visitors’ choice’ award, and decided immediately to donate the £100 prize to The Christie hospital.
Geoff, 70, who has been organising the event since its inception three years ago and was responsible for counting the votes for the prize, said: “As it turns out, I was the winner – which is very flattering but also rather embarrassing, as the organiser of the exhibition and the person who counted the votes isn’t meant to win a prize.
“In view of that, I’ll be giving the money to charity.
eoff will donate the money to The Christie in recognition of the work provided by Pat Mountford, who runs an art group for cancer patients at the hospital and whose students exhibit in the exhibition.
Geoff, of High Street and who taught art at Henbury High until his retirement 11 years ago, said: “Most of [Pat’s] students have never previously picked up a paintbrush in their adult lives but the work they produce, with Pat’s guidance, is outstanding and, as Pat says, having their work on display gives the students a real buzz.
“The £100 prize money is just a small token of thanks for their excellent work, and their continuing support of the open exhibition.”
Geoff’s oil painting of an old Ford car, abandoned in a wood, 50 miles north of Atlanta, Georgia, is one of a series of paintings of the American landscape he has been work- ing on over the past few years. It caught the attention of visitors to the public exhibition and received the most votes when the visitors were asked to choose their favourite out of the 188 entries.
The second most popular painting was Deborah Pollard’s painting of ‘Sutton Sheep’, with Chrys Georgeson coming in third place for his landscape painting ‘Wye at Buxton’.
The Macclesfield Open Art exhibition, held at the Silk Museum on Park Lane, was set up to showcase emerging talent and give local artists the opportunity to exhibit their work.
The other three competition winners, as chosen by judges at the start of the exhibition, were: Hifumi Ogasahara, from Manchester; Peter Davis, from Wilmslow; and Michelle Stringer, from Macclesfield.
●● The ‘Blue Bells’ from Macclesfield RUFC – Kate Sadler, Becky Sadler, Sonia Cooke and Amanda Keogh – took part last year
●● Geoff Archer with his winning painting