Heron is a hit with mu­seum visi­tors

Macclesfield Express - - BY-ELECTION PREVIEW - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

AMOTHER and daugh­ter duo have ex­celled at the Mac­cles­field Open Art Ex­hi­bi­tion.

The ex­hi­bi­tion, held at the Silk Mu­seum, gives artists of all ages and abil­i­ties the op­por­tu­nity to ex­hibit their work in the town cen­tre.

But it was Claire de Ruiter’s stun­ning pic­ture of a heron which ap­pealed most to visi­tors, earn­ing her the cov­eted ‘Visi­tors Choice Award’.

Claire’s work was cho­sen out of the 225 pieces of art, but she faced stiff com­pe­ti­tion from her daugh­ter Fern­ley, who also impressed visi­tors and re­ceived a chunk of the votes.

Geoff, who or­gan­ised the ex­hi­bi­tion and hailed this year’s the best yet, said: “The ex­hi­bi­tion was deemed a great suc­cess, with many visi­tors com­ment­ing that it was the best yet.

“More than half of the 225 works ex­hib­ited re­ceived at least one vote but Claire’s work took an early lead, pick­ing up votes through­out the course of the ex­hi­bi­tion.

“This is the first time that Claire, who lives in Rainow, has en­tered.

“Claire’s daugh­ter, Fern­ley, also en­tered two works – spec­tac­u­lar cos­tume de­signs which were also ex­tremely pop­u­lar with the visi­tors, though in her case the votes were split be­tween the two works.

“Taken to­gether she would have been in third place.”

Af­ter do­ing an Art Foun­da­tion course at North­wich, Claire, who hails from Bolling­ton, stud­ied sculp­ture.

She is best known for her work with tex­tiles and felt, often pro­duc­ing large 3D in­stal­la­tions.

In 2010 she won the first prize at the Der­byshire Open.

Claire’s first place earned her the £100 prize do­nated by Mac­cles­field Town Coun­cil.

In sec­ond place was North­wich artist David North for his paint­ing ‘Ice Bound’, and in third place, Peter Davis from Wilm­slow, whose paint­ing ‘Ha ha ur weird’ also won the Mail Boxes Etc. prize.

The Mac­cles­field Open Award, an­nounced at the be­gin­ning of the ex­hi­bi­tion, went to Jean By­att, from Stoke on Trent, for her oil land­scape ‘A Shady Lane’.

Highly com­mended awards went to An­gela Herd Hall, from High Lane, for her acrylic study ‘Red Onions’, and Carolyn Simp­son, from Bramhall, for her soap­stone sculp­ture ‘Flight’.

Claire de Ruiter won the Visi­tors Choice Award for her mixed me­dia paint­ing ‘Heron Study’

MADS mem­bers Rik Bar­net, Emily Red­wood, Andy Can­til­lon, Robert Copeland and John Haigh in re­hearsals

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