2019 Annual Exhibition
The show began with the Preview evening on Wednesday 14th August, where the show was opened by the Mayor of Fareham. Our poster artist this year was WAG member Rachael Brown, with her fused glass art. The Mayor's Choice for painting was awarded to Alan Akerman for "Brollies" - the Mayor said it made him smile. The Judge was wildlife painter Pip McGarry. His Judge's Choice was Pink Ferry painted by Susan Page. Alan Akerman's Trafalgar Bound was Highly Commended. Heather Jay's pendants won the Judge's Choice for 3D work and Michael Conduit's wood turned Small Indoor Plant Tub was Highly Commended. Both the Mayor and Judge praised the high level of talent evident among our Group by artists who do not necessarily have any formal training in painting or artwork more generally; but have instead acquired their skills from informal art courses, classes and belonging to groups such as this one. Pip McGarry was impressed with the wide variety of styles and genres and found it so hard to choose his favourite picture that, before announcing his final choice, he gave his longlist (of 23 pictures) and shortlist (of 5). Alan Akerman's historical marine painting Trafalgar Bound was the visitors' favourite and Steve Phelps's Electric Guitar was the visitors' favourte on the 3D art and craft table. The Victory Hall is already booked for 2020, during Hampshire Open Studios week. Preparations are already underway. All Warsash Art Group members can exhibit and there's no selection. If you are planning to put work into the show, please think about how you can help out while the show is on, including stewarding and helping set up / dismantle the screens etc at the start and finish.
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