Three Counties Art Exhibition Winners 2010
Artists from Staffordshire, Shropshire and Cheshire have been praised for the quality of the work submitted for an open exhibition in Keele University Art Gallery, which will run to 15 December.
This is Keele's fifteenth open show and the exhibition provides a showcase for artists in the region and gives visitors an opportunity to see and buy from a wide range of selected original work.
First prize of £300 went jointly to Martin Eldridge, of Shrewsbury, for “Snow on the M6” and Jenny Hulse, of Wistaston, Crewe, for “Lamp and Pink Pot with Dark Landscape”. Second prize of £100 was awarded to Craig Sumner, of Blythe Bridge, for his painting “Adams Violin Recital”.
Highly Commended by the judges were: Penny Beautiman, of Congleton, for “Nantwich Market”; David Brammeld, of Hartshill, Stoke-on-Trent, for “Quiet Place”; Michael Cooke, of Keele, for “The Sorcerer”; Chris Clements, of Church Stretton, for “Still Life with Radishes”; Jo Halden, of Whitchurch, for “Princess and the Pea” and Jack Skinner, of Stone, for “Joanna, Summer 2010” .
Opening the exhibition, Keele University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nick Foskett, said: “It is a real pleasure for me to award the prizes for this competition. There is a really fine collection of art on show here. The standard of entries really has been fantastic”
More than 400 works were submitted from the three counties and 99 were accepted for the exhibition.
Exhibition organiser, Marion Gidman, said: "Since its launch, the Three Counties Open has proved an outstanding success in attracting entries of the highest quality from artists throughout Cheshire, Shropshire and Staffordshire.
"The aim of the exhibition is to give artists in the region the chance to show their work to new audiences. The standard this year has been excellent and it has proved very difficult for the judges to make their final decisions. I am sure they will prove an outstanding attraction for visitors to the Art Gallery at Keele University."