Public and experts agree on No.1 local artist

The Rheebridge Open Art Exhibition, now in its second year, has once again continued to inspire local artists to submit their artwork to be displayed in a professional gallery environment. The large contemporary Atrium at Cottenham Village College was transformed into an exciting art gallery space over 2 floors. Featuring an eclectic collection of several hundred paintings, illustrations and sculptures created by artists of all ages, the exhibition proved once again to be popular with visitors, artists and critics.

Portrait and landscape artist John Glover has been judged Cambridgeshire’s favourite artist by both the experts and the public after winning two awards at this year’s Rheebridge Open Art Exhibition at the Atrium at Cottenham Village College at the beginning of December.

DSC_2671His painting Colins Shed was the expert judges’ choice and Tony won the People’s Prize at the exhibition that was open to artists across Cambridgeshire. John won the ‘Best in Show’ first prize of £500 with five runners up winning £100 each.  They were Valerie Sims for Hunters Dawn, Steve Ferris for Coatlicue, Caroline Furlong for Ros, Janene Ellse Pike for Home of the Artwork and Shane Swann for Self Portrait.

The 20 best paintings were also displayed at an exhibition at Williams Art in Gwydir Street Cambridge from 4 to 26 January. The judges were Benet Spencer, Course Leader in BA Fine Art, Anglia Ruskin University, Karen Thomas, Community Officer from Kettles Yard and Sarah Blake, Sessional Gallery Educator and Arts Award Coordinator, Fitzwilliam Museum. The winners were selected from 240 artworks from 88 artists. A prize draw for visitors to win their favourite work of art under £150 was awarded to Valerie Sims’ Walkway. There were also awards for young artists aged five to 16 presented by the Fen Edge Community Association.

Said exhibition organiser Rosemary Millar: The exhibition has been a great success in terms of both the numbers and quality of entries and also visitors through the door and sales of the art. There is a clear appetite for high quality art in this area, which has encouraged us to consider going national next year. “

The awards and exhibition were sponsored by local property and investment company Rheebridge for the second year running and the winners were presented with their awards by the company’s Founder and Managing Director David Rapley “This is our second year sponsoring the event and it really has gone up a level in terms of the quality of art and the event. We look forward to even greater things next year.”

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