SPring 2017 Exhibition
Our Spring Exhibition 2017 at The Gallery Upstairs, Upton House, proved to be a very successful exhibition. Framed works totalled 83, portfolios 38 and small works 34. Card sales totalled 142 and raised £294:50. Visitors over the two weeks, totalled 921.The raffle for Jeff Bradley’s painting of Poole Harbour raised £211:50 and this was won by Shirley Pearce, whose husband Len was a member of the society for many years.
Eleanor Eadie and Shirley Pearce with Jeff Bradley’s painting
We were pleased to invite Councillor Xena Dion, the Mayor of Poole to officially open the exhibition at the Private View on Saturday 25th February. She was welcomed by Eleanor Eadie, Exhibition Organiser and Dennis Hill, President of the Society. Michael Tomlinson, MP for North Poole and Mid Dorset also attended the event with his young daughter and they enjoyed meeting members and guests and seeing the variety of pictures on display. Light refreshments were arranged by Phillip Winkley, assisted by his wife Judy, Julia Lister and Anne Hartman. Simon Merry helped with the bar service.
Photos show Simon Merry, Michael Tomlinson MP, The Mayor Xena Dion and Dennis Hill and Eleanor Eadie.
The picture which proved most popular as voted for by members of the public was “Poole Park in Autumn” by Eddie Lowdon who was awarded the Worth Cup. Runners up were Jeff Bradley with “Reflections” and Dee Cowell with “Lion”.
Penny Wilton, a Professional Artist based in Poole chose the winners in the category “Most Innovative Painting.” In 1st Place and given the Margaret Cleave Award was Iris McCrow from Poole with her entry “January Robin.” Penny commented that this entry showed varied paint applying techniques and included stencilling. In 2nd place was Joan Scott from Holt with “Woodland Birches” which included a lot of collage and texture and in 3rd place Lee James from Wimborne with her “Untitled” entry.
Other entries commended by Penny were “Home Grown” by Kathe Holt, “Just Thinking” by Dee Cowell “Orange Fanfare” by Thea Hodgson, “Wonderland” by Chris Saxton, “Caught between the Rocks” by Valerie Robinson, “Durdle Door” by Mary Quinton Edwards, “ Africans” by Margaret Hasted, “Silver Frost” by Eleanor Eadie and “Fragments” by Penny Young.
Thanks must go to the team of people who collected in, sorted, hung and took down the works including David Herrington, John Britton and Martin Cahill. Thanks also to PEDAS, especially Liz Magee David Hendrey and Barry Kavanagh for their help.
Carolyn Newman, BAS Publicity, April 2017