Popular Upper Broughton art show sees record crowds attend 34th year

Visitors enjoy the art work and a cuppa at the show PHOTO: Tim Williams
Visitors enjoy the art work and a cuppa at the show PHOTO: Tim Williams
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A record number of people attended the 34th annual open art exhibition at Upper Broughton over the weekend.

The event which included 229 pieces of art by 80 different exhibitors included artists, sculptors and woodcarvers from around the region.

Sally Edwards takes a tour round the show with one of the organisers Anne Copley PHOTO: Tim Williams

Sally Edwards takes a tour round the show with one of the organisers Anne Copley PHOTO: Tim Williams

A total of 37 exhibits were sold indicating a 20 per cent increase on sales from last year, and around £2,500 was raised for village hall funds.

Anne Copley, one of the organisers, said: “The village hall was never empty during our preview evening on Friday and throughout Saturday. We also had plenty of people turn up on Sunday.

“This year, we had new display boards which gave the show a fresh and professional look.

“We recieved many positive comments and I’d say this was one of the best years I’ve been involved with.

This architectural study by Doreen Hunt was voted Best in Show PHOTO: Tim Williams

This architectural study by Doreen Hunt was voted Best in Show PHOTO: Tim Williams

“There were over 100 browsers and refreshments, such as cakes and pastries, seemed to go down well with everyone.”

The best in show title was awarded to Doreen Hunt, for her painting ‘Ariege.’ The best watercolour was by Ken Forrest with ‘Loch Lubnaig,’ the winner of the 3D Cup was John Nicholls, for his sculpture ‘Curved Form’ and the people’s choice award went to Claire Powell, for her ‘Woolworked Ram.’

Anne added: “Next year our 35th anniversary show will be a special one. It will be held on October 14th and 15th. New artists and visitors are always welcome.”

Details about this year’s show and pictures from the exhibition can be found by logging on to www.upperbroughtonartshow.org.uk/

Local sculptor Ailish McMoore created this piece called 'Going with the Grain' PHOTO: Tim Williams

Local sculptor Ailish McMoore created this piece called 'Going with the Grain' PHOTO: Tim Williams