A good number of Art Society members, friends and guests gathered at St Mary’s Church in the centre of Shrewsbury at noon on Saturday 27th June. They were there in good numbers to celebrate the staging of our Annual Summer Exhibition, which again this year features some 200 framed pictures and an exciting choice of unframed paintings and quality cards.
The main event, however, was the presentation by Alan and Sally Townsend Blake, of the annual Judy Townsend Memorial Prize. The award was created, following her death, to celebrate the very special contribution she made over many years to the development of the Society. The Prize of £100, provided jointly by the Society and the Townsend family, and chosen by the latter, this year went to Maggie Humphry for a very distinctive oil painting of a Shropshire landscape, created as an imaginative and intriguing response to a line in a Houseman poem. The title of the painting is ‘White in the Moon the Long Road Lies’. Congratulations Maggie!
Thanks must go to all our members whose entries help to create this excellent show, to John Willetts and his hardworking team, and to all those members who will steward the exhibition over its four week run. Thanks are of course due to St Mary’s Church for warmly welcoming our Summer Exhibition once again to their splendid building. Please encourage all art lovers to visit and to make a purchase – credit and debit cards are accepted! The Exhibition runs until 18th July (not Sundays) from 10am to 5pm each day, closing at 1pm on Saturday 18th July.