‘Stunning’ art work on show at exhibition

Stella Benford with her prize-winning exhibits Photo: Alan Walters EMN-160315-092015001

Stella Benford with her prize-winning exhibits Photo: Alan Walters EMN-160315-092015001

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Following the success of the Youth Open Art Exhibition, the Adult Rutland Open 2016 held its preview evening on Friday, last week at Rutland County Museum.

There was a stunning array of work on show by artists from across Rutland and the surrounding area, all enjoyed by the art loving visitors who attended the evening’s event.

Alan Oliver shows his prize winner to Mo Gardner Photo: Alan Walters EMN-160315-092028001

Alan Oliver shows his prize winner to Mo Gardner Photo: Alan Walters EMN-160315-092028001

Stepping away from the usual style of a preview, this year the committee for Arts for Rutland decided that the evening would be an excellent time to have a short musical and comedy performance by some of the Grant Award recipients, who have benefitted from grants from Arts for Rutland over the past year.

This was followed by a special visit from the High Sheriff of Rutland, Andrew Brown who awarded prizes to the artists whose work had been chosen for their particular ‘excellence’, by the sponsors.

The Arts for Rutland prize was awarded to Stella Benford for her evocative wall sculpture called ‘Living in a Box’.

The Goldmark prize went to Alan Oliver for his painting of ‘Aldeburgh Beach’.

Swans gave their prize to Andrea Naylor for ‘Old Man Blue’ and Creative Leicestershire’s prize was given to Jill Hailes for ‘White Orchid’.

The organisers of the exhibition would like to thank the sponsors, who support this event year after year with their generous prizes.

The exhibition runs at Rutland County Museum until April 22. The Museum is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.