At lunchtime I managed to grab 30 minutes or so to go along to the English Riviera Art Fair being held at the Spanish Barn, Torre Abbey. Three local arts societies are sharing the space here and it was great to see so many of our previously exhibiting artists and forthcoming exhibitors' works on display, with several of them having picked up some awards and achieving sales:
Becky Nuttall, who will be exhibiting with us later this year in a group show, was awarded Highly Commended and Winner in the 'Best Alternative Mixed Media' category, for 'Bedroom Shrine to the Virgin of the Rocks' and 'St Peter Chavel of the Staffroom' which had also picked up the Hall Trophy, Best in Show.
Susan Cavaliere, who had a solo show with us last year, took the Highly Commended for Best Oil or Acrylic for her piece, 'Conspiracy' and, Chris Pitman, another previous exhibitor at the gallery, was the Winner also in the category for Best Oil or Acrylic Painting for his piece 'The Incredible Hulk' which had just sold along with another of his works as I arrived. Prints are still available though and you will be able to view more detailed images of these on our site.
Local artists Sally Tibbets and Maxime Adams were stewarding today and I managed to get a quick picture of Sally alongside two of her pieces. Other work that caught my eye were pieces by regular exhibitors here at Artizan, Lee Pover, Rhian Wyn Harrison and Ray Vyse as well as work by Chantal Ashwell and Roger Lissenden who will be participating in a small group show with Sandra Lissenden here in September, and finally some interesting abstracts by Alan Price-Roberts who has a show with us in July.
There is a great selection of work here across all mediums and I only wish I had had time to take some more pictures to share with you. The exhibition is definitely worth a look but hurry as it closes on Sunday.