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The best of Nottingham’s artists on show at Nottingham Society of Artists

Image - Helen Kerry & Arwer Makin, with 'Don't Look Back'

The annual Showcase Exhibition is now open at the Friar Lane gallery of the Nottingham Society of Artists (NSofA). The exhibition, which features some of the finest work produced by Nottinghamshire artists, is free to enter, and is open until Sunday 3 July.

All pieces exhibited in the event are eligible to win awards. Winners of the judged awards were announced at a private viewing of the exhibition on Friday, but it’s now up to the public to determine who will receive the people’s choice awards.

First place in the judged awards was awarded to Helen Kerry for her painting ‘Don’t Look Back’. It were chosen by Fraser Brown Solicitors, who also sponsored the prize of £200. The second prize of £100 worth of printing was sponsored and chosen John E Wright, It was awarded to Richard Simkins for his painting ‘Reflections 3’.

Helen Kerry, after being awarded her prize, said, “I feel shocked and honoured that my piece was chosen from such an outstanding exhibition.”

The exhibition is open to the public daily, from 11am to 5:30pm, until Sunday 3 July. During this time visitors can vote for their favourite piece in the exhibition. The two artists with the highest number of votes will receive a prize. The prizes this year are a box of Rembrandt Pastels provided by Cass Art London and a £100 framing prize from KNK Gallery.

The annual Showcase Exhibition features work from members of the Society that have been carefully selected by judges from other art galleries. This year the experts were Melanie Kidd, programme director at the New Art Exchange in Hyson Green, and Paul Baker, Museum Manager and Curator at the Framework Knitters Museum in Ruddington, where the NSofA has a satellite art gallery.

Alan Gardner, Chairman of the NSofA board, said, ‘Last year was the first time for our Showcase Exhibition and it was a great success, both with the public and our members. The talent exhibited by our artists rises to the occasion, and the exceptional works displayed in this exhibition clearly demonstrate what skilled, talented and passionate artists we have in Nottingham’

After selecting the works to feature in the exhibition Paul Baker said, “The quality of the work we had to choose from was outstanding, and I really wish we could have included more in the exhibition. There is a real variety of pieces that I am sure everyone will enjoy.”

For more information on the Nottingham Society of Artists, including the upcoming exhibition programme, visit www.nottinghamartists.org.uk.

IMAGE: Helen Kerry and Arwer Makin, with Don’t Look Back.

Posted on 20 June 2016

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