Tuesday, 28 September 2021

Winners announced in art competition

THE winners of the Sue Ryder Big Art competition have been announced.

THE winners of the Sue Ryder Big Art competition have been announced.

More than 40 artists and photographers entered the contest, where they were asked to create a piece of artwork inspired by Joyce Grove, the charity?s hospice in Nettlebed.

Many of the entrants were present when the winners were announced at a ceremony at the hospice on Friday and the artworks were on display.

The winner of the adult painting category was Brian McShane, from Rothefield Greys, with an oil depicting two columns against a green backdrop.

Suzanne Bradley, from Henley, won the adult photography award and 10-year-old Peter-John Cookson took the children?s category.

Peter-John, who lives in Vicarage Road, Henley, and goes to Stoke Row School, said: ?Me and my mum came down and had a look around the building and then I painted my picture. I?m happy to have won. I don?t do much art but I?ll probably start doing more now.?

Ms Bradley, a member of the Henley Photographic Club, said: ?I am thrilled to have won the competition. I entered to help with Sue Ryder?s fundraising efforts. They provide a fantastic service and the building and grounds are beautiful.?

Each category winner receives £50 from from Warminghams Estate Agents, who sponsored the event, and will have their work framed and displayed at the Lemongrove Gallery in Duke Street, Henley. The judges also chose 10 highly commended works which will go forward to the patient?s choice award, which is voted for by patients at the hospice. The winner will be announced at the Lemongrove exhibition on Monday, September 26.

Janet Roberts, of Swiss Farm, Henley, was runner-up in the adult painting category with a watercolour.

She said: ?I?m very surprised and can?t wait to see my work at the gallery. My son is coming over from America for the first time in eight years and will be able to come to the exhibition.?

Ms Hunter said: ?There was a great level of talent and it was quite hard to pick a winner.?

Tracey Hancock, head of fund- raising, added: ?It was wonderful to have so many people visiting the hospice and for us to see the many different ways in which people see the building and grounds. We are very grateful to all those who took part.?

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