Winning ways at Ilminster

SEVEN artists, all prize-winners in Ilminster Arts Centre’s 2018 open exhibition, have got the new year off to a great start at the Meeting House, with a show that runs to 19th January.

Somerset-based Nancy Farmer, who took the top prize with her painting Sinking to New Depths, says of her return to the Arts Centre:  “I’m delighted to be taking part in the open prizewinners’ exhibition, and will be bringing my paintings of underwater swimmers in watercolour, twinkling with the occasional fragment of gold leaf, and accompanying them with some of my digital drawings, which twinkle rather with the humour of this mad pursuit of swimming outside in the
cold, in Somerset, in the winter.”

Also taking part are Perry Chapman, a South Somerset sculptor and community artist whose work draws on his love of classical sculpture and Britain’s rich history, who won the 3D prize for his plaster of Paris work, David, and Mark Stevens, the Chard based artist and People’s Choice Award-winner, whose fine draughtsmanship and landscape subject matter were clearly a hit with visitors to the open.

The other exhibitors are the joint runners up Leo Davey and Michael Tarr and three highly commended painters Gary Cook, Margaret Micklewright and Annie Musgrove.

Pictured: Sinking to New Depths, by Nancy Farmer; Willow Fields by Mark Stevens.