Friday, 21 September 2018

Village art group delighted with success of first exhibition

ARTISTS raised £180 for charity at their inaugural exhibition at the Ewelme Watercress Centre

ARTISTS raised £180 for charity at their inaugural exhibition at the Ewelme Watercress Centre over the weekend.

Eighteen members of the Watercress Painters displayed more than 80 pieces including watercolours, pastels and mixed media artwork depicting portraits, animals, birds and local landscapes.

The show was officially opened by Lord and Lady Jay on Friday evening when there was wine and nibbles for guests in return for donations.

About 200 people visited the exhibition over the weekend and 28 paintings were sold.

Group founder Trisha Scott said: “It was an opportunity for people who had never exhibited their work to do so and most of them sold one piece.



“We had a constant stream of visitors, mostly from local villages, but also from as far as Abingdon, Newbury and Reading. I think it was an eye-opener for the village. People came in and said they couldn’t believe how high the standard was. We got so many positive comments.

“It was a year-and-a-half in the planning and was a real team effort so everybody felt a great buzz.”

The proceeds, which included a percentage of sales of gift and Christmas cards, will go to the Sue Ryder hospice in Nettlebed. The Watercress Painters were formed in 2013. Mrs Scott said: “There was no art group in Ewelme and the Watercress Centre is such a lovely place. It was just me asking around the village ‘do you paint?’ and a surprising number of people said they did.”

The group now has members from Benson, Wallingford and nearby villages and meets at the centre on the first Monday of the month. There is currently a waiting list to join.



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