2022 Welland Valley Art Society Spring Exhibition

The Spring Exhibition is now on in there Stamford Arts Centre and the prizes in. The selection panel for this exhibition were faced with a record-breaking entry of 215 paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures.

Independent judge Beverley Wrigley-Pheasant of Gallery Stamford was joined by WVAS members Keith Aldridge, Kay Clark, Maggy Herbert-Jobson, Sarah Jennings and Teresa Sands to make up the panel of judges.

After much consideration, the entry was winnowed down to 141 artworks, but as these included a high number of large paintings it meant the team of hangers had their work cut out to accommodate everything.

The result is a gallery full of varied and colourful works that will appeal to a broad range of visitors. Centre stage is the WVAS Award winner Our World 2050, an imposing dystopian abstract painted by Anne Lindley.

The other prize-winners were:
• Lin Chatfield’s Submerged (winner of the Buckingham Press Award for abstract work), highlighting ‘an absorbing composition and subtle palette of colours.
• Stamford Contemporary Art Prize for the best work in watercolour went to Terry Preen’s Beadnell Beach which perfectly captures the high summer shimmer of sun and sea.
* The John Fountain Prize which goes to a work based on life study, went to Robert Hooke for his well-observed ceramic sculpture.

The awards were presented by Stamford Town Mayor, Councillor Gloria Johnson

Scattered around the gallery are the commended works of seven different artists – Barbara Allen’s Gower Coast, Deborah James’ West Cornwall, Di Gutterdge’s Safe Passage, Sue Johnson’s Whisper Softly, Margaret Lindsay’s Line of Trees and Philip Dawson’s Bluebells, New Forest.

Anne Lyndley

Terry Preen

Lin Chatfield

Rob Hooke

The following 6 artworks were commended…..
Di Guttridge

Sue Johnson

Philip Dawson

Barbara Allen

Debbie James

Margaret Ann Lyndsay

The price list for all entries in enclosed below...