Polishing up the silverware has never been Cath Swarbrick’s forte until now. After
carrying off two trophies at the 99th Summer Exhibition she’s going to get plenty
of practice. Committee member Cath took home the Spencer Cup in the Other Media category
for Steampunk and the President’s Cup for her sterling work producing the Society’s
Newsletter. President Robin Theobald said he was awarding it for her cheerful approach
and willingness to help out with organizing events.
The 99th Summer Exhibition was officially opened by the Fylde Mayor Angela Jacques
accompanied by the Mayoress Charlotte Jacques. She told members at the preview night:
‘It’s wonderful to see the range of pictures which I am sure will delight locals
and be treasured souvenirs for visitors to the Fylde.’
Adjudicator Tony Coneys presented cups to his selected artists.
Turner Cup for Oils - John Lunt, for Roxey.
Revis Cup for Watercolour - Diana Thompson for Gardenia.
Tom and Mary Coates Cup for Acrylics - Graham Smith, for Is that for Me?
Maisie Simmons Cup for Pastels - Margaret Rodwell for Grizedale Forrest.
Spencer Cup for Other Media - Cath Swarbrick for SteamPunk.
Holgate Cup for Landscape or Seascape - Sue Tidman for Sea Defence Work.
Eileen Wooding Cup for Nature Painting -Trevor Loftus for Green Sea Turtle.
Highly Commended were Robin Theobald for ‘Katigiorgis, Greece’; Diana Boyes for ‘Donkey
Derby’; Graham Smith for ‘Sunset on Lytham Green’; Ken Roberts for ‘Enjoying the
Surf’; Margaret Rodwell for ‘Season of Mists’ and Sandra Hallergard for ‘Beneath
There was a total of 224 works entered (including folios) from 64 members but due
to available space unfortunately 17 pictures had to be held as reserves. The Barnoldswick
Art Group paid a visit during the second week of the exhibition and from their comments
they were very impressed with our studio and the quality of our work.
234 visitors voted for their exhibition favourite and in first place was “Looking
For Dad” by Maggie Chowns with the runners up being “Toledo, Spain” by Harvey Foster
and “Greenwood” by Sandra Hallergard.
The free raffle was drawn by the President and the painting was won by Mrs E. Mackenzie,
St. Annes. Although the Studio had a total of only 627 visitors during the exhibition’s
three-week run, (the total sales amounting to £688.00), the comments received showed
appreciation of the quality and diversity of our work. Many thanks go to everyone
who helped with the setting up, sitting and closing to make it all a success.