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the exhibition, Keele University Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor
Maggie Pearson, said:"This exhibition is one of the highlights
of the year for the Keele University Art Gallery.
Arts at Keele are very important and we are delighted that so many
have entered this competition."
The judges - Keele University Arts Advisor, John Rhodes, Royal Academy
Artist, David Gleeson, from Stafford, and Professor Ian Bell, Keele
University Arts Committee Chairman - selected work to be included
in the exhibition from a record 325 submitted; and also picked the
First prize of £300 went to Mark Elsmore, of Longsdon, for
a watercolour gouache painting called "Florina Carnevale, Venezia";
with a second prize of £100 to June Burnett, of Longton, Stoke-on-Trent,
for a watercolour painting titled "The Hare".
The third prize of £50 was awarded to John
Thirlwall, of Stone, for his oil painting titled "Smithy's
Pearson and Ruth Allen admire a work
by the judges were: "Flori i Plante", a mixed media painting
by Ruth Allen, of Stafford;
"Rescue Me" an oil and chalk painting by Liz Astbury,
of Basford, and "North Uist", an acrylic painting, by
Stewart Stevenson of Cheshire.
organiser, Marion Gidman, said: "Since its launch, the Three
Counties Open has proved an outstanding success in attracting entries
of the highest quality from artists throughout Cheshire, Shropshire
aim of the exhibition is to give artists in the region the chance
to show their work to new audiences. The standard this year has
been excellent and it has proved very difficult for the judges to
make their final decisions. I am sure they will prove an outstanding
attraction for visitors to the Art Gallery at Keele University."
further information on the exhibition, which runs until Dec 17th
2004 - contact Marion Gidman, Keele University Art Gallery Curator
(Tel.: 01782-583376), or the BBC Staffordshire Arts
What's On pages.
Works exhibited are for sale.