STILL going strong after 45 years, the annual Kirdford art exhibition has been another raging success this year.
Art group secretary Tony Sanders was incredibly pleased with the event, which was attended by people from across the area.
Mr Sanders said: “We hung 160 pictures by our artists, though unfortunately we sold slightly less than we did last year.
“We have 42 members in our group and visitors were thrilled – they said the works were really ‘excellent’.
“The preview was a particular success – you could hardly get through the door, there were so many people.”
This year, younger artists were encouraged to showcase their talents and exhibit their work.
Three creative art pupils from the Weald School entered their pieces into the exhibition, before having it judged by Gordon Rushmer, a war artist and painter who this year received the prestigious accolade of the Roland Hilder Award for a painting exhibited at the Royal Institute of Painters of Watercolour in the Mall Galleries.
Tony added: “Leader of the Weald School’s art department, Samantha Beck, showed great enthusiasm and asked her sixth-form class to submit their work into a competition.”
The winning picture was by Kiri Johnson, who was presented with a voucher by Gordon Rushmer. Gordon said he was amazed at the outstanding quality of work produced by the students.
“Members of the public praised the work on show,” said Tony.
“They said not only were the paintings of a superb quality, but it was really very interesting to see the contrast between work produced by art group members and those entered by students.
“Their pieces were equally brilliant – but varied in their approach.
“It was wonderful to see the work produced by the artists of tomorrow.”
The Kirdford art group was founded by a group of enthusiastic artists living in the village 45 years ago.
In 1972, it was decided to put the group on a formal footing, and the first meeting was attended by ten people.