LYME Regis Art Society opened its annual exhibition with a preview evening and prizegiving last Friday.
Hosted at the Malthouse Gallery at the Town Mill, the annual exhibition gives members the chance to show off their work from the year.
Chairman Sue Wells welcomed the Deputy Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Steve Miller, who officially opened the exhibition, accompanied by his wife Heather.
Councillor Miller commented on how impressed he had been by the overall standard of the work on display, and that he hoped the town would continue to encourage all local talent.
This year, just three prizes were up for grabs, but judge Barbara Green said members had given her a very difficult task. Before going through a list of paintings that she felt could easily have been winners, Barbara said that 50 different judges would have come up with 50 different titles and that judging was always a matter of one person’s personal opinion.
Barbara mentioned about 12 pieces of work, explaining what it was that attracted her to each of them, but finally announced the overall winner to be Robert Hinton with his unusual and very striking work entitled ‘Totems’.
Second prize went to Moya Paul for her depiction of ‘Jurassic Cliffs’ and third to Anne Cator for her beautiful image called ‘Autumn Glow over Lewesdon Hill’.
Mrs Wells then gave a vote of thanks to Phil Clayton, artistic director of the Malthouse, who had personally organised and hung all of the 103 paintings, and to Denise Powell who helped him. Society secretary Sheila Stratton was also thanked for all her hard work on behalf of all members.
With formalities over, guests and artists were able to enjoy wine and nibbles whilst appreciating the varied and exiting pieces of art around them.
The society now looks forward to exhibiting on Marine Parade as part of Lifeboat Week, on July 28 and 29.
Regular meetings will resume in the Woodmead Halls in September. For further details about the society, contact Sheila Stratton on 01297 445464 or go to our website www.lymeregisartssociety.org.uk