Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Open Arts - The Popular Winners


We asked everyone who visited the exhibition to vote for their favourite pictures in each category and the overall popular winners are the lucky folks who win prizes. 250 people voted this year ( we can't quite convince all the visitors) and of those not every person voted in each category, but the majority did.

Here are the winners with our Chairman, Keith Folley.

The winners

Young Artist Aged 7 and under category

Popular Vote Winner
Ethan Oakley Lockton

Ethan was also the overall winner, congratulations! His picture got more votes than anyone else, a whopping 58% of the public voted for this to win. But it isn't just about the winners, so I am going to show you some of the other images that did well too.

Harrison Wareing
Football at Bullholme

This picture also recieved a number of votes.

Young Artist Category aged 8 to 11 years

Popular Vote Winner
Nicole Kirkbride

Well done Nicole, you won with 41% of the vote.

Ella Parker
Snow Queen

This picture came second in the votes, isn't it a lovely one?

Young Artist Category aged 12-16 years 

Popular Vote Winner
Lily Fontaine

Congratulations to Lily who won the judges and popular prizes.

The Bridge
Ruby Haworth

Ruby won the judges prize with her other picture but this one was more popular with the public taking 16% of the vote.

Textiles and 3D Category

We actually had a tie in this, which is very rare! Luckily I had a spare prize...

Joint First Popular Vote Winner
Lesley A Best
Calico Garden with Hand Made Bear

This is not one of my best photos (you all know the problems I have with reflections)- so I added a close up...

Close Up
Lesley A Best

 Joint First Popular Vote Winner
Juliet Tomkins
Room with a View

Again I wanted to show you a close up of Juliets work.... 

Close up
Juliet Tomkins

Both of the above artists received 19% of the vote but there was another work that recieved 14% and that was...

Boot House
Mr Harvey-Morgan

This house took some making, Mr H-M told me it collapsed in the kiln no less than 9 times and eventually he had to study some architectural drawings to get it sturdy enough. It is based on the story of the 'Old woman who lived in a shoe' but is a boot rather than shoe so the curve of the boot is used to provide strength.

Photography, Edited Category

Popular Vote Winner
Moira Hunt
Rydal Water: What Lies Beneath

Moira took this prize with 17.6% of the vote, narrowly ahead of Heather Sheldricks Bancroft Mill, Pre and Post demolition which received 17.5%. Commiserations to Heather, but she did get a judges award for her other work.

Portraiture Category

This is one category where the judges and the public perception differed wildly!

Popular Vote Winner
Joyce Kerton
Miss Attitude

Well done Joyce, you received 32% of the vote and as I was sat near this piece of work during the exhibition I kept hearing people say how wonderful it was and a number of them thought it was a photograph at first.

Enid Dyson
Sixteenth Century Lady

This was a lovely piece of work, and one I had my eye on buying, but someone else got there first and it sold within an hour of the exhibition opening! Enid, 16% of the public voted for this to win.

Dorothy Turner

Well done to Dorothy too, lots of people voted for this one, 14%, and there were a number of conversations about who he was and how good looking he was. And a few more about how he looks like the ACE Centre receptionist, Shane.

Photography, Natural Category

Popular Vote Winner
Megan Cox
Not as it seems

Megan couldn't make it on the Sunday ceremony and was thrilled when she popped in on Monday to collect her pctures. I took a pic of her smiling with her pic and her present, and will upload it after this post as she isn't in the winners photo.

Jean Crick
Derwent Water in Autumn

This picture was also popular, with 13% of the vote. You all know my frustration with reflections but Jean these are beautiful!

Landscapes Category

Popular Vote Winner
Mavis Nuttall

It really has been Mavis' exhibition this year and this picture was a clear winner with 54% of the vote.

Open including Abstract Category

Popular Vote Winner
Kathryn Sutton
New Life

Well done Kathryn, another win!

Astor Border
Maureen Arnold

Maureens picture came a close 2nd in the popular vote, and won the judges vote. So the public and the judges do agree on a few points.

Pendle in Paint Category

Popular Vote Winner
Mavis Nuttall
The Tackler, Bancroft Mill, Barnoldswick 1960's

Now you see why I mean it was Mavis' exhibition. Well done Mavis and as I said to you, I just wish they had been for sale as we had so many people loving your work!

John Rickard
Nelson Street

John did very well again in this category and received 28% of the popular vote. Congratulations John.

Maureen Berry
My Name is Bilbo Baggins, I live in Nelson

I just wanted to mention this little chap, he got 12% of the vote and I think it was the eyes, just look at them and tell me they don't make you want to vote for him... all together now... ahhh!

So there we have it, the popular vote winners and open art is over for another year. For all those who did enter, here are my top tips for next year.

1. Size does matter, larger pictures tend to do well in the popular votes (but don't forget the size restriction)
2. Put your work up for sale, people do want to buy art
3. Framing and presentation is really important, frames should either directly complement the work or be quite simple top tips here or if you want to DIY top tips here
4. A good piece of mount board is better than a bad frame
5. For young artists in particular, pictures on card or canvas tend to do much better than those just on a piece of paper

Ta Ra


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