Phil’s painting is people’s choice

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Another successful exhibition was held by Arran Visual Arts in the Arran community theatre in Lamlash with nearly 140 exhibits. Over the six days, 483 people visited the exhibition and more than 20 pieces of work were sold.

A total of 380 votes were cast for the people’s choice, the visitors’ favourite exhibit and the results were: first place with 28 votes Phil Holmes ‘Goatfell from North Goatfell’; second place with 26 votes was Janelle Paton’s ‘Harambe’; third place also went to Janelle Paton for her evocative ‘Homeless’ with 23 votes and fourth place with 20 votes was Patsy Keen’s ‘Horse’.

In joint fifth place were Morag Campbell’s amusing ‘West Highland Banner’ and John Earle’s fascinating lesson in perspective, ‘Room with a view’, both with 17 votes. John Earle scored again taking seventh place with his ‘Brodick shops’ with 16 votes. It had people walking around in front of it to make the shops move.

Joint eighth place went to Sally Brookes for her ‘Lobsters’ and Yvonne Bailley for her ‘Sea Horses’ both receiving 13 votes. In 10th place was Janelle again with her ‘Despair’ with 12 votes.

A prize is given to the artist in first place which was Phil Holmes, but special mention was made of Janelle Paton, who was exhibiting for the first time with AVA and gained 63 votes over all.

Jan MacGregor of the AVA said: ‘Thank you to all of you who voted as it gives tangible encouragement to artists. And of course thank you to all the artists for their amazing work. Keep at it up, as our summer exhibition is at the end of July in Lochranza.’

Workshop information is on the AVA web-site, but there are only few places left as the choice of subject and tutors have been extremely popular this year.