Emsworth Artists take their show online for 2020

Emsworth Artists go online this year to keep up a proud tradition

Thursday, 13th August 2020, 3:22 pm
Work by John Tweddell
Work by John Tweddell

Spokeswoman Jan Copsey said: “The Emsworth Artists have staged their summer exhibition for over 30 years and have raised over £30,000 for the Emsworth Community Centre

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“Sadly, we have had to cancel. However this year we are arranging to go online with an exhibition to be called the Emsworth Artists Lockdown Exhibition. We have a number of local artists creating paintings, sculptures, digital art, ceramics, embroidery and wicker work.”

The exhibition will run from August 15-September 5. To access it, visit http://www.emsworthartists.org.uk then click on exhibition. All works will be for sale.

The great thing is that the show will go on – despite the awful year we have all had.

“It was 33 years ago that the first Emsworth Artists exhibition was staged in the Emsworth Community Centre. The group of selected artists, all living within two miles of Emsworth Centre, were chosen because of the high standard of their work. This has not changed, and I am sure everyone will agree that a visit to Emsworth Artists’ annual exhibition has always been a delight. What has changed is that this year the exhibition will be held online. Another change is that as well as paintings and sculpture, we have over the years diversified to include, digital art, ceramics, embroidery, photography and wicker work. Something for everyone, so please take time to view our exhibition online.

“Each artist can submit up to five exhibits and will have a page dedicated to their work with all the details necessary to purchase if desired. If anyone would like to purchase any works, they should contact the artist direct. We are hoping for as many of our artists as possible to join us to make this an exciting online exhibition.

“The purpose of the Emsworth Artists annual exhibition was always to raise funds for the Community Centre, and over the years this has amounted to well over £30,000. Although this year we certainly won’t be able to match our usual annual donation, we are asking individual artists who sell works via our online exhibition to voluntarily donate a percentage of their sales to the Community Association.

“We will miss the pleasure of inviting people to our private view and visiting the Community Centre for the exhibition but staying safe is paramount. We can only hope that next year we can once again extend a real and warm welcome to everyone.

“We as artists have obviously not had the chance to get together as usual, along with a glass of wine which was always much enjoyed. Sadly this is not possible so easily on Zoom! Our communication has been mostly on emails this year. But one of our committee members Stuart Thompson offered to arrange an online exhibition. Quite a lot of our artists are amateur, but possibly not all, either retired or have other work so they are not depending on sales so much and we donate a percentage of the revenue.”

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