Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Art Club prizewinners 2010

Judge Maggie Giraud congratulates Sheila Stacey winner of the Alan Cotton Trophy for Oil Painting

I've yet to visit Budleigh Salterton's 2010 Art Club summer show. I always look forward to seeing new views of Budleigh by its members, as well admiring the eclectic range of work which shows how much talent there is in the Club.

With all that talent around the members feel justified in a bit of self-congratulation, and as usual prizes have been awarded for various categories. East Devon has attracted many distinguished artists and some of them who came to live in the Budleigh area have given their names to the Art Club prizes.
Alan Cotton is an internationally celebrated landscape painter who lives at Colaton Raleigh just a few miles from Budleigh Salterton; this year's Alan Cotton Trophy for Oil Painting was won by Art Club member Sheila Stacey.

A delighted Neil Rogers holds up his winning painting, judges' choice for the Cecil Elgee Memorial prize.

Cecil Elgee was a successful watercolourist and book illustrator who became a Budleigh Salterton resident. Along with her paintings of animals, she is known for the paintings of India that she completed between 1922-1927 which depict different castes and creeds in the sub-continent. The Cecil Elgee Memorial prize was won by Club member Neil Rogers, who also won the Dorothy Bradshaw Cup for Watercolour or Gouache.

Another noted artist and former Budleigh resident was Joyce Dennys; Club member Maggie Ware was awarded the Joyce Dennys Bowl for Human Interest Painting.

New member Lauren Hagger won the Priscilla Hull trophy for 3D.

Budleigh Salterton Art Club is keen to encourage fresh talent, and two prizes were won by new members. Lauren Hagger, 26, a qualified marine biologist who won the Priscilla Hull trophy for 3D, joined the Club to learn from other artists. The Talisman Trophy for acrylic painting was won by the Club's newest member Chris Hooper.

Jan Hughes, Chairman and Priscilla Hull, judge

Other prizewinners included Jed Falby, The Les Ransley Memorial Award
(Line, or Line & Wash)
Maggie Norman (Priscilla Hull Trophy Collage or Mixed Media)
Ken Simmonds (Beryl Hammond Award Floral Painting)
Jenny Baker (now Jenny Ware) (Bill Cockerill Memorial Trophy New member, Open Category)

The final prize for The Public’s Favourite, is an Open Category and will be advised in September. In 2009 a total of 757 votes were cast by visitors for their favourite picture.

Budleigh Salterton Art Club's Summer Show - now in its 32nd year - is at the Public Hall, in Station Road, opens daily from 10.00 am until 6.00 pm and runs until Monday 30 August. For more information about the Club click on

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