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RINGWOOD ART SOCIETY
SUMMER EXHIBITION 2015


The quality of the paintings and presentation of work was once again exceptional. Congratulations and well done to all the worthy winners.
Our adjudicator this year was John Bowen.
The Guest of Honour was Councillor Michael Thierry, Mayor of Ringwood

Winners with their awards
See below for the prize winners of each category and Certificates of Merit
awarded at this year’s exhibition.
Click to enlarge pictures.

THE GREYFRIARS TROPHY FOR THE BEST WATERCOLOUR

Lap of Luxury by Michael Clare
Each piece by this artist is skilful in a different way. This is illustration at its best with both pattern and textures contributing to a delightful and ambiguous story.

Lap of Luxury by Michael Clare Runner up:
Leek, Beetroot, Onions & Carrot by Vivien Burgess
Leek, Beetroot, Onions & Carrot by Vivien BurgessA wonderful example of observational illustration of natural forms. As in so many works on view,
the range of textures rendered here is wonderfully sympathetic to the subject.
The rendering of a sheen on a dark object like the beetroot is to be admired.

THE JAN MURRAY TROPHY FOR THE BEST OIL PAINTING

Lowtide Brixham by Colin RichensLowtide Brixham by Colin Richens
The complete oil painting looking into the light ‘contre jour’ as we say. An impressionistic foreground leads the eye into a busy composition of skilfully painted boats, figures and buildings.

Runner up:
Call Me Red by Ann Squire
The postcard format gives the artist the opportunity to focus on the animals face giving an arresting image for such a small picture. Hypnotic eyes!
Call Me Red by Ann Squire

THE COURTICE MILLENNIUM PLATE FOR THE BEST PASTEL

Are We Nearly There by Ann SquireAre We Nearly There by Ann Squire
The reflected sunlight from the sand beneath is skilfully reflected on the hide of the three elephants. The imaginative use of colour throughout shows yet another facet of this artist’s pastel technique. A bold composition of dark against light which tells the story very well.

Runner up: Siesta Time by Virginia James
The shaggy coats of the horses are beautifully rendered giving the viewer a range of textures from meadow grass through the range of hair effects on the animals to the blue sky above.Siesta Time by Virginia James

THE MASON-SMITH TROPHY FOR THE BEST ACRYLIC

Plum Perfect by Anne ToasePlum Perfect by Anne Toase
An arresting arrangement of fruit heavy on the bough yet disturbed by a breeze which is rendered with dynamic brush strokes broken up by a textured surface beneath the paint.

Runner up: Colmers Hill by Tony Clegg
Colmers Hill by Tony Clegg
The impact of this composition is dramatic and gives the hill and the clump of trees a mystical quality. The square format is filled with wave like shapes leading to the elevated and almost unattainable focal point.

THE JUBILEE TROPHY FOR THE BEST PAINTING
IN ANY OTHER MEDIUM

Dragon Lily by Meg Mulcahy Dragon Lily by Meg Mulcahy
An exotic plant rendered on an arresting scale using the humble coloured pencil! The composition is both dramatic and well held together across this large image. Botanical illustration at its best!


Runner up:
After the Rain, Bolderwood by Lindsey Cole
Dynamic movement within a square format is always arresting. This small painting in mixed media captures something ancient and mysterious in woodland – untidy, threatening and beautiful all at once. We are led from within the wood to a light beyond.After the Rain, Bolderwood by Lindsey Cole

THE MOLLIE STEVENS TROPHY FOR THE BEST MINIATURE

Sailing off the Needles by Colin Richens
A mass of information has been painted in the wonderful tradition of English naïve art. The range of scale in such a small piece, from sea to sails to clouds is wonderfully deserved and would sit alongside a Turner very comfortably.
Sailing off the Needles by Colin Richens
Runner up: In the Garden by Suzan HouchingIn the Garden by Suzan Houching
For a small painting this is full of energy and meaning. The artist has avoided the temptation to demonstrate microscopic painting and has given us a miniature version of what could have been a larger picture.

THE HARRY JOHNS TROPHY FOR THE MOST ORIGINAL WORK

To Dream such a Sweet Sorrow by Estela AlbaTo Dream such a Sweet Sorrow by Estela Alba
Beautifully painted figures with such sad expressions where hands and figures are well arranged and understood. A huge undertaking of six figures whose performance leaves the viewer pondering the meaning of it all. Painted with great restraint too!

Runner up:
Blink of an Eye by Beryl Richards
Blink of an Eye by Beryl Richards
It was Rene Magritte who said that the gap between the title and the image gives the viewer a chance to create too! What a pleasure to imagine what the blink of an eye could mean. The shapes and colours are exotic and hint at a vision in full sail across a sea with the air filled with weightless objects and symbols.

THE SAM HOLLAND TROPHY FOR THE
MOST IMAGINATIVE PAINTING

I’m Glad to be Home by Suzan Houching
An image full of domestic charm, well deserved and rendered using a never ending range of patterns and textures. A story well told in an accomplished illustrative manner.
I’m Glad to be Home by Suzan Houching
Runner up: Jupiter by Beryl Richards
A wonderfully evocative rendering of an alien environment both strange, attractive and hostile at the same time.Jupiter by Beryl Richards

THE ANN ROSE TROPHY
VOTED BEST IN SHOW BY MEMBERS & GUESTS
AT THE PREVIEW EVENING

Lowtide Brixham by Colin Richens

Lowtide Brixham by Colin Richens

THE FOSTER WELLS TROPHY FOR THE BEST
PAINTING IN THE EXHIBITION

(CHOSEN FROM THE PRIZE WINNERS)
Winner: Lowtide Brixham by Colin Richens
Runner up: Lap of Luxury by Michael Clare


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Certificates of Merit were awarded to:

Evening by the Stour, Dedham by Cathy BeggsEvening by the Stour, Dedham
by Cathy Beggs
Bowl (ceramic) by Stephanie EdwardsBowl (ceramic)
by Stephanie Edwards
Hill Town (ceramic) by Stephanie EdwardsHill Town (ceramic)
by Stephanie Edwards
Summer Garden by Gina EmmettSummer Garden
by Gina Emmett
Smugglers Cove by Tony HallettSmugglers Cove
by Tony Hallett
Noah’s Ark by Michael JonesNoah’s Ark
by Michael Jones
The Beaulieu Goose by Barbara RousseauThe Beaulieu Goose
by Barbara Rousseau
Washday in Garibaldi by Pauline StephensWashday in Garibaldi
by Pauline Stephens
A Study in Yellow by Pauline StephensA Study in Yellow
by Pauline Stephens
I’m the King of the Jungle by Pam YeatesI’m the King of the Jungle
by Pam Yeates
Wild Weeds by Lindsey ColeWild Weeds
by Lindsey Cole
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