St Michael and All Angels' Church, Park Road, Abingdon

St Michael's Art Exhibition

Jenni Collins and Helen Owen

27 July 2017

Sweets, by Paul Minter

At the end of June, as part of the 150 year celebrations, St Michael's held an Art Competition and Exhibition on the theme of Celebrations. We received 28 entries and were pleased to see the labyrinth area of the church turned into a splendid gallery area for visitors to view the wonderful paintings by local artists. With over 200 visitors the event was well supported by members of other churches and by the town folk who visited and enjoyed some excellent refreshments and lively discussions about the merits of the art pieces.

There was a wide range of subjects on the theme, with work of a very high standard, making it a difficult task for the judges to select the winners. The winner of the 200 first prize was Paul Minter with his painting entitled 'Sweets', see above, the 100 second prize went to Marion Owen with her painting 'Brotherly Love'. The Thomas Merrifield public vote prize of 100 had to be divided between two artists who received the same number of votes - Stephen Grey with 'Swan Upping' and Claire Cross with 'Make a wish.' Val Dearlove's 'Be Yourself' was highly commended by the judges.

The organizing team were advised by Caroline Ritson and the event benefitted from the loan of display stands from Abingdon Artists. Proceeds of over 700 will be divided between the nominated charities; the Abingdon Bridge and Tariro - Hope For Youth: in Zimbabwe. A huge thanks to all those who demonstrated their talents, the St Michael's congregation who supported the event with their time and baking skills and all those who visited the exhibition.

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