JUDGES have announced their verdicts following a record number of entries in this year’s St Helens Open Art Exhibition.
First prize went to Paul Cousins with ‘Inferno’, while Jacqui Priestley’s ‘The Red Bridge’ was placed second. Wilfred Britch’s ‘Poplar Farm’ was third.
Nearly 300 pieces of work were submitted - an increase of almost 30 per cent on last year. The winners will share prizes totalling almost £2,000.
Category winners were:
Portrait - Sian Toolan (Rachel)
Landscape - Richard Stinton (Sunny Path)
Drawing - Noel David Clarke (Rhinoceros - pencil drawing)
Digital - Kathryn Papavasilopoulos (The Bees’ Secrets)
Abstract - Derek Boak (From the Earth comes Light)
Year of the Radicals - Kevin Eccleston (Old Cuban Revolutionary)
Rita Jolley (Sutton Manor Colliery St Helens), Jane Reilly (Leek Hill Wood), Tom Ferguson (Town Hall), Gordon Morley (San Giorgio Maggiore), Mary Roscoe (Champions 19), John Dorning (Out There Somewhere), Sonia Lyon (Flesh to Flesh), Keith Bentham (Meadow at Crank).
Right: Overall prizewinner Paul Cousins (centre) flanked by the the Mayor of St Helens, Councillor Tom Hargreaves (centre left), Cabinet Member for Culture and Communications, Councillor Eric Smith (centre right) and other winners.