THE annual Nettlebed art show was the most successful in recent years in terms of sales of paintings and craft items with total sales reaching a whisker under £4,000, writes Lesley Potter.
According to spokeswoman Sarah Pye the show, held on August 10 and 11 at Nettlebed Primary School hall, attracted a record number of 600 visitors.
She said: “Many commented favourably about the work on display. No one is quite sure why this year should have been exceptional, but the works on offer were of a very high standard and realistically priced. Could this be a small sign of the green shoots of recovery within the local economy?”
The show was opened by Lady McAlpine who spoke about the positive therapeutic effects creative work can have on people who are struggling with problems. This was especially relevant in view of the range of exhibits on display from young offenders at Huntercombe prison. This year, for the first time their work was offered for sale, with all the proceeds donated to Sue Ryder.
The overall winner this year was James Saxton’s picture Below The Weir At Cookham’. Joint second prize was awarded to Mark Stevens for Smitten By The Kitten and Nikki Jones for Kingfisher. Nettlebed Art Society is already starting to plan next year’s exhibition.
Ms Pye said: “We are hoping that many more local artists and crafts people will be inspired to display their work, to make next year’s show even more successful.
“We may even be offering a prize for the best entry from a young artist — watch this space for more details.”