Artists win solo exhibitions at castle museum

Ribble Valley Prize - John A McLaughlin - Time to Come Home.
Ribble Valley Prize - John A McLaughlin - Time to Come Home.
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The winners of the Ribble Valley Open exhibition 2016 have been chosen, and some will have their work exhibited at Clitheroe Castle Museum next year as their prize.

This annual exhibition is an opportunity for local amateur and professional artists to submit work on a given theme.

People's choice joint winner - Jill Wright with "Dusk Over Pendle".

People's choice joint winner - Jill Wright with "Dusk Over Pendle".

The main Selectors Choice award has been won by Clitheroe artist, Patrick Troughton, for his watercolour “Impossible Time”. Patrick’s work will be showcased from Saturday March 4th until Tuesday May 2nd next year in the Steward’s Gallery. A wooden sculpture, “Time To Come Home” by Longridge-based John McLaughlin has won the Ribble Valley prize. John’s work will be on show at the Platform Gallery, during May 2017.

The People’s Choice category at the exhibition has been jointly won by two local artists, Glenys Purchase and Jill Wright.

Glenys is a textile artist who enjoys combining her love of painting with her love of needlework. A member of the Phoenix Art Group, which is based at Higham, Glenys, who is a retired head teacher who has always longed to have the time to paint.

Meanwhile Ribble Valley artist Jill Wright uses an array of mediums and techniques to create her vibrant pieces. Inspired by where she lives while out walking, she captures local beauty in her unique style.

People's choice joint winner - Glenys Purchase with Dandelion Clocks.

People's choice joint winner - Glenys Purchase with Dandelion Clocks.

Jill, who has a degree in Design for Interiors, has been practising art for around 10 years and her popularity has allowed her to become a full-time artist over the last four years.

The theme for the competition was “Time”. Glenys’s watercolour “Dandelion Clocks” and Jill’s “Dusk Over Pendle” received equal votes from visitors to the Open Art exhibition, currently on display at the museum. Glenys and Jill will both win an Explorer friends and family pass, giving unlimited access to Lancashire museums for a year.

County Coun. Marcus Johnstone, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for environment, planning and cultural services, said: “I’m sure visitors will be impressed by the high quality of the work of these local artists.

“Patrick’s work is superb. He is a worthy winner.

“It is also great to see John’s superb sculpture recognised, and I’m looking forward to seeing more of his work next year.

“It is very unusual to have joint winners, but Glenys and Jill are both worthy of winning the People’s Choice. It will be great for us to be able to exhibit the work of such talented artists.

“Our annual Open Art exhibition really does give local artists a chance to show their skill and creativity.”

The Steward’s Gallery is open daily from 12 noon to 4 pm in March and from 11 am to 4 pm in April and May.

Admission to the exhibition within the Steward’s Gallery part of Clitheroe Castle is free.

For more information, phone 01200 424568 or email clitheroecastle@lancashire.gov.uk

Alternatively, visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/museums