Winners announced as Rugby celebrates artistic talent - The Rugby Observer

Winners announced as Rugby celebrates artistic talent

THE winners of Rugby’s annual celebration of artistic talent have been revealed.

The Rugby Open attracted nearly 300 entries, with 141 selected to feature in the exhibition.

Bryan Kelly was crowned the winner for his painting, The Red House.

Bryan, a member of Leamington Studio Artists, specialises in ‘naive’ paintings and takes inspiration from artists such as Van Gogh, Gaughin and Pissarro.

His prize included £1,000 and the opportunity to host an exhibition at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum’s Floor One Gallery later this year.

Other Open winners included Jane Tilley, who won the World Rugby Hall of Fame prize of £500 for her work, Meadow Life, and Frank Cook, who was awarded the Rugby branch of the Art Society’s trophy and £50 for his piece, Canterbury Cathedral.

Philippa Powell was presented with the Rugby and District Art Society prize for her painting, Autumn Colours, and Eric Gaskell won the Picture Perfect award for his piece, Audlem Mill.

Isabel Meeke won the Sue Byrne prize for her work, Embroidery Eye, and Chloe Bell, whose piece Complete Me won the Martin Valentine award.

The judging panel comprised sculptor Mike Shaw, who hosted the Sculpting The Museum exhibition at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum earlier this year, Keith Miller, of Dunchurch Photographic Society, Dylan James, winner of the Aiming High youth exhibition at this year’s Rugby Festival of Culture, and borough councillors Kathryn Lawrence and Sue Roodhouse.

The prizes were presented by the Deputy Mayor of Rugby, Coun Tom Mahoney.

Rugby Borough Council growth and investment spokeswoman Coun Heather Timms said: “I’d like to congratulate all the winners. The standard of entries to this year’s Rugby Open was incredibly high, giving judges an unenviable task in selecting the winners.”

The exhibition closes on Saturday (January 13). Visit for more information.

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