Vibrant wildlife drawing wins People's Choice Award at Rugby Open exhibition - The Rugby Observer

Vibrant wildlife drawing wins People's Choice Award at Rugby Open exhibition

A ‘VIBRANT’ wildlife drawing has won the Rugby Open exhibition’s People’s Choice Award.

With just three votes separating the top three, artist Vesela Sultanova was voted the winner by visitors to the exhibition for her drawing, Sparrows.

The Coventry-based artist, who works under the moniker VesA, scooped the People’s Choice Award and a £100 prize.

She was widely praised for her dramatic drawing of sparrows in flight, with one visitor commenting: “You can hear the chattering of the sparrows,” and another adding: “I love the dynamic, the charge and togetherness of the flock.”

The annual Rugby Open exhibition invites artists from Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Coventry to submit contemporary art works from across the arts, from paintings and prints to textiles and ceramics.

Judges for Rugby Open 23 selected 240 pieces for the exhibition, which opened in November and runs until Saturday February 3.

Katie Boyce, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum’s senior exhibitions and programming officer, said: “We’re delighted to crown Vesela’s beautiful drawing as the People’s Choice in what was one of the most closely contested votes in the Open’s history.

“It’s a subtle, vibrant work which has really captured the imaginations of visitors to the exhibition, making Vesela a very worthy winner.”

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