Karen wins people’s prize

Young Isabel McCann choses her winning artwork with the help of mum Georgie.

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More than 500 people attended the very successful summer exhibition held by Arran Visual Arts in Lochranza and Catacol village hall, which ran for seven days last week.

There were 180 entries and 40 pieces sold and 379 visitors voted for their favourite piece for the People’s Choice award.

The top 10 were: Spikey the Hedgehog, skilfully made with watercolour and papercut by Karen Bell which got 40 votes; second, also by Karen Bell, was Holy Isle which got 29 votes; third was Susan Calder’s colourful oil painting, Rowing Boats at Sunset with 19 votes; fourth was Fern, the evocative horse in ink and acrylic, by Yvonne Bailey with 17 votes.

In fifth place with 13 votes was Lorna Ventry’s Flower Fusion in fused glass.
Joint sixth and seventh places with 11 votes were another of Lorna’s glass creations, this time in an old window frame, entitled Seaside View, and  David Brookens  digital image on canvas, of Glenashdale Falls. In eighth place with  10 votes was a third of Karen Bell’s papercut images, Roaring Stag. Joint ninth and 10th with nine votes were Sharon Pyott’s atmospheric  Amber Lake and The last Jacobite by Jill Hargan.

Comments made in the visitors’ book about the show included: ‘Too many arts to chose from – amazing!’; ‘A wonderful show. We’ve bought a lovely piece to take home’; as well as ‘Such variety and talent!’

Art works have been taken far and wide, to Cockermouth, Lincolnshire, Halifax, Ilkley, Wigan, Lewes and York, as well as many staying in new homes on Arran.

Arran Visual Arts are grateful to Lochranza and Catacol hall, and to all who visited the exhibition. If you would like to join AVA, do check out the web-site www.arranvisualarts.co.uk  for details.


Young Isabel McCann from Newcastle choses her favourite artwork with the help of mum Georgie. 01_B23art01

The crafts and artwork on show at the exhibition. 01_B23art02

Craft workshops were held during the event. NO_B23art03

The winning artwork of Karen Bell. NO_B23art04