The second Rutland Open Youth Art Exhibition held its private view on Friday with a stunning display of artwork.
Arts for Rutland organised the second competition, which attracted work from young artists between the ages of 11 and 18.
The theme was ‘Can you see what I see’ and artwork was invited in a range of mediums including painting, drawing, ceramic, sculpture and textiles.
Exhibition coordinator Mo Gardner, from Arts for Rutland, said: “The maturity and quality of the art on show is amazing, and well worth a visit.
“Once again we are indebted to the enthusiasm and support of the heads of art at many of the local schools who did a great job encouraging their students to enter, and, because it is an exhibition of selected art work, risk the very ‘grown-up’ experience of facing rejection, something we adult artists are all too familiar with.”
Mo said the prize winners “well deserved their trophies”.
She added: “We hope that they will go on to achieve successful futures in their chosen artistic field.”
The Arts for Rutland winner was Ella Deragowska, for her painting Under the Shower.
The judges all agreed that the expression captured on the girl’s face was a very recognisable one.
Mo also thanked the competition sponsors for generously donating prizes. These were: Colemans Art Supplies, Rutland Decorative and Fine Art Society, Goldmark Gallery and Arts for Rutland.
The exhibition will stay on display at Rutland County Museum during February.
l The hand in date for adults for the Rutland Open 2016 is Monday, March 7, at the museum between 10am and 4pm. Entry forms and more details from www.artsforrutland.co.uk.