Competition Judge Rosi Campbell (left) speaking at the preview.

Competition was fierce with a substantial increase of entries in this second annual competition with both professional and amateur artists vying for selection.  Careful consideration and debate resulted in 45 artworks being selected for the exhibition.

The best in show was announced at the preview on Monday 09 August by guest judge, artist Rosi Campbell, who is Arts Director at Arts Coritani in Swineshead. “The work is of a very high standard and it was particularly difficult to make my final selection from six pieces short listed in this impressive and exciting exhibition.”

Rosi explained that her selection is based on the criteria of “skill, personal statement and mystery”.

Winter Count (pastel) by Janine Fennel-Ross evokes the mystery of a drug-state with its ghostly psychedelic effects.

Ruby Fields (textiles) by Jill Cousner shows great use of texture and colour.

Sisters (acrylic) by Lucie Williams is described as a “fine beginning from an artist who I expect will produce exceptional art in the future.”  Praise indeed!

Have you Brought any Bread Today? (acrylic) by Gail Tointon Das is praised not only for its composition but for the ‘wonderful application of paint’.

Red Roses (watercolour) by Joanna Woods is a “beautiful, careful, descriptive watercolour work with evident enthusiasm for the chosen medium.”

Artist Jana Siebers with her winning artwork – Study for Drift Pass Big Red

And finally the winning entry Study for Drift Pass Big Red, a painting in oil by professional artist Jana Siebers.  Rosi says that this work meets all the criteria showing exceptional artistic skill and personal expression.  Jan Siebers wins a three-page feature in Lincolnshire Pride Magazine.

The exhibition runs until Saturday 21 August 2010, daily 10am to 4pm excluding Sunday. Admission is free with parking available nearby.

Photography by Martin Cameron