Rotary art exhibition proves a big draw

Rotary art exhibition proves a big draw

Hundreds of visitors flocked to the Floral Pavilion in New Brighton for the North Wirral Rotary Art Exhibition, which has become an important fixture in the artists’ calendar.

It has become one of the highlights of the year for artists from north-west England, but the 16th North Wirral Rotary Art Exhibition proved to be another big hit.

The exhibition took place at the Floral Pavilion in New Brighton, drawing 105 artists who presented 441 exhibits, which was an increase on the numbers 12 months ago.

Besides the organisation by North Wirral Rotary, Wallasey Rotary Club and Inner Wheel also helped with the exhibition with providing volunteers.

Organiser, Pauline Parr, said: “It was truly amazing and extremely interesting to see so many styles of art used by this group of local artists.

“They used oil, pastel, acrylic, acrylic on wood, textiles, mixed media, pencil, pen and ink, watercolour, collage, digital art print, gouache and encaustic wax.”

A variety of mediums were used to create artwork for display.

For the first time, organisers invited New Brighton Primary School to display some of their artwork and they responded enthusiastically with an excellent show which many visitors commented was a worthwhile addition it was to the exhibition.

In addition to the exhibits, organisers invited two local artists to demonstrate their art styles.

Malcolm Young focused on his cartoon work, demonstrating how he illustrates his books.

Christina Spencer was very hands-on and showed how she uses encaustic art which, in its simple form, is the use of a hot iron and wax to produce a picture.

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There was a total of 441 submissions, with each sale contributing to the donation to charity.

Quite a few of the audience had a go of using the iron and wax and came away with a memento of their artistic effort! Christina sold all her paintings at the exhibition this year.

Alex Lloyd won the best picture in show with his painting ‘A Day in Blackpool’.

Sales were up slightly on the previous year, with 79 exhibits sold, and profits are expected to exceed the figure of 12 months ago, with around £5,000 donated to charities.

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