24 October 2015 to 14 December 2015
Craven Open highlights just how talented the residents of Craven are. Anyone aged over 16 living, working or studying in Craven had the opportunity to apply to the Craven Open, the latest exhibition run by Craven District Council at Craven Museum & Gallery. A selection panel consisting of two artists from outside the district made the final decision about whose work was included and whose was not. The panel eventually chose the work of 38 artists to be included in the exhibition.
Some of the selected artists have been included in previous exhibitions in the gallery – Anna Tosney, David Thomas, Jacquie Denby to name a few – but many are new names – Rowan Pickles with paintings of galaxies; Freda Williamson’s abstract landscapes; Catherine Mercer’s wall-hung mosaic; Kirsty Mason’s textile magpie. Almost all the paintings in the exhibition are for sale and would make great Christmas presents, keeping the money in the local economy.
The selection panel said “We have really enjoyed seeing work of this excellence and have been really impressed with the quality and range of the work on offer. The entries have been at a really high standard - thank goodness the gallery is big enough to accommodate all the artists we have selected. Craven is quite unique to have this level of work”.
Councillor Simon Myers, Lead Member for Enterprising Craven, explained “There are lots of thriving arts clubs, professional artists, students, painters and water-colourists in Craven. This exhibition showcases the talent of the district and it’s very good to see such a wide range of entrants and subject matter on show in Craven Museum & Gallery. I hope that this new exhibition will encourage people to dust down their easels and get painting again”.
Admission to the exhibition is free. The Own Art scheme of spreading the cost of buying a picture over 10 months interest free is also available on request.