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Rugby artist Julia to draw on talent in bid for £10k prize

Rugby Editorial 18th Jun, 2015 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016

A WILDLIFE artist from Rugby will exhibit her work at a prestigious exhibition in the hope of winning a big cash prize.

Julia Ruffles has been short-listed among 150 other artists for the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation’s Wildlife Artist of the Year exhibition at London’s Mall Galleries, where she will compete for the top prize of £10,000.

A self-proclaimed ‘perfectionist’, Julia works in a realistic style capturing the raw beauty of animals and their environments.

Her intimate and colourful artworks embrace contemporary and traditional styles to explore animals in their natural habitats.

Julia Ruffles’ Cave Danger.

Wildlife artist and conservationist Mr Shepherd, who launched the art competition in 2008 to raise funds and awareness for endangered wildlife, said the short-listed entries were exceptional.

“From the judges’ point of view the drama and technical excellence in all the work was quite breath-taking,” he added.

The exhibition, in its eighth year, opens to the public on Tuesday June 30 until Saturday July 4. All pieces are for sale with profits supporting endangered wildlife.

• FOUR Rugby artists have joined forces to exhibit their work together as part of the Warwickshire Open Studios fortnight.

Michaela McMillan, Heather Koumi, Clare Pentlow and Lorna Hardingham will display textiles, print, intricate paper cuts and sculpture for interiors and gardens, at Garden Gate Flowers in Regent Street from June 27 to July 11.

The exhibition is part of the county’s largest free arts event, now taking place annually.

Mixed media artists Michaela McMillan said: “Exhibiting together is a great chance to support each other, and gives the public a diverse range of work to come and see. Some of us took part in Warwickshire Open Studios last year and we want to build on that success, showing our artwork, and meeting the public and other artists.“

The exhibition is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm, and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm.

It is also open until 8pm on Thursday July 2 as part of 1st Thursdays.

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