Â Art Exhibition 2008
|Art Exhibition 2008 Report||This year we had Philippa Kennard-Bent who for the first time put a lot of effort into publicising the art exhibition. We paid for advertisements in two carefully chosen publications, 'Galleries' and the 'Royal Academy Listing' but what really took Philippa's time was contacting local and nationalpublications for editorial. She was successful in obtaining a number of mentions, some of them illustrated. She also persuaded Jesse Wilder, Isobel Langtry and Claire Ireland to join Matthew Meadows on a stronger judging panel.
Art Exhibition Review
The Friends' annual art exhibition was full of surprises this spring as paintings of wildlife, treescapes and far flung travels vied for space with real twigs, fake books and the largest ever number of three-dimensional entries which overflowed the Orangery stage.No one could doubt that the Friends are great animal lovers. Amelie Delarue's ceramic mosaic of giraffes was magnificent, along with Catherine Bajour's and mosaics. Peacocks posed for several artists and proved themselves in Danuta Piesakowska's paper mosaic, while their feathers were a wonderful inspiration for Alida Lewis's stained glass. Bob Barling obviously knows all about cats and Jeanette Carr, show prize winner for her painting of , provided an unexpected insight into the world of frogs with her fabulous acrylic and mixed media . Ingela Hedland Claxton, meanwhile, diversified from her splendid painting of into a sea-life teapot and a variety of other ceramics, several with a delightful bee motif. Danuta Piesakowska went on to win the FHP prize with her watercolour impression , a gem hidden in one of the browsers, and Peta Prior depicted beautifully flooding across a snow scene. Philippa Kennard-Bent caught the magic of weeping willows she had spotted on an Italian lakeside and Julian St Leger was entranced by , while nearer to home Joanna Irvine, well known for her idyllic prints, triumphed with a watercolour of . Marianne Moore, on the other hand, used real willow twigs to create wall hangings and Henrietta Garland conned viewers fantastically with her which on close inspection turned out to be made of textiles, wood and stitching. Hazel Fennell's acrylic brought a summery glow of light to the exhibition, Meiso Lai presented some truly remarkable photographic workand Lin Kerner and Patrick Killery their accomplished portraits, as did newcomer John Schetrumpf, who also produced the most memorable image of all with his painting referring to the 1936 Olympic Games and a terrible warning of what was to come. Ed Everett, a regular picture exhibitor, branched out with a fascinating series of timber carvings and Michael French discovered the allure of driftwood. Deirdre Clenet's , however, was the most unusual of the sculptures, formed out of aluminium mesh. Several lovely scarves were the creation of Elizabeth Chojak and a wonderful tree of jewellery was devised by Gay Chalfont-Griffin, while Sheri Rahmanian had the most astonishingly wide range of work from watercolours to handbags and a rose quartz leaf necklace. But the prize for a three-dimensional piece went to Russell Mack, whose distinctiveand extremely desirable pottery it was hard to choose between.Â
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