Rum’s Eg new exhibition ‘Sketches of Romsey’ has now opened for the duration of Romsey Festival. Filling the first and second floors of the Bell Street gallery the exhibition features a diverse collection of work in all media, inspired by the people and places of Romsey town and the surrounding area. Submissions include artwork by both professional and amateur artists.
As part of the 'Sketches of Romsey' community project, adults and children of all ages have been participating in Rum’s Eg Workshops based in their new Leckford Art Studio and many were seen out and about sketching throughout the town in June.
At a private viewing of the new exhibition last Tuesday evening Rum’s Eg founding director Siriol Sherlock was delighted to announce the winners, and prizes were presented by the Mayor of Romsey Councillor Peter Hurst who attended with his wife. Representatives of Romsey Decorative & Fine Art Society who donated £600 towards the project were also present.
1st Prize, a cheque for £100, sponsored by Test Valley Arts Foundation, went to Ruth Ann Lewis for her "Ducks in the Park”. Other works were also highly commended by the judges who found it very difficult to choose one winner from such a varied collection of artwork.
"It is always worrying to have a prize when it comes to art as it is so much about personal taste - but the standard of work on show was excellent and hugely varied - a real credit to the talent of local artists. In addition it was really good to be working at both ends of the Test Valley Borough - Rums Eg are an excellent organisation, an important partner." said Yinnon Ezra
Children’s 'Sketches of Romsey' Winners
Winners selected from the Children's exhibition who each received £30.00 were:
Jack Needs - Age Group 3-7
Poppy Hoyle - Age Group 8-11
Joao Teixeira - Age Group 12-17
Open exhibition may become an annual event
"We are so pleased with the high standard of work submitted for this, our first open entry exhibition, and that we hope to make such exhibitions a regular feature at Rum's Eg, possibly once a year." said Siriol
Such exhibitions will provide an opportunity to all Hampshire artists to have their work exhibited in this professional high street art and craft gallery which is run by Hampshire Art & Craft Community Interest Company. All the adults work is for sale and it will remain on show throughout the Festival until 27th July.
Local artist Paula Vize won the prestigious ‘Best of Test Valley Artists’ prize at the 7th annual ‘Best of Hampshire Artists’ exhibition at Sir Harld Hillier Gardens (2nd to 30th July 2013).
Our Judge this year was Jill Low, Project Team Leader of Southampton's New Arts Complex, formerly a director of Salisbury Arts Centre and a trustee of Test Valley Arts Foundation.
Paula’s picture ‘Nero’ was judged to be “a fascinating portrait - captures the power and the pride of the animal. Really subtle but detailed use of colour - beiges, browns & fierce black against a darker beige background. It feels as though the horse is going to force its way out of the picture & prance around the gallery. A noble painting of a noble subject.”
At the presentation ceremony Test Valley Arts Foundation development officer Michael Widén handed Paula a cheque for £250 and commented: “We are particularly pleased to see our local artists so well represented in this stunning Hampshire-wide exhibition. I was most impressed by the quality of the creative work exhibited and the judge had a difficult task in choosing just one winner from amongst the twenty four paintings exhibited by artists resident in Test Valley”.