Despite bitterly cold weather conditions, Preston’s art lovers were out in force last night for the launch of the Harris Open Exhibition. The annual celebration of local creative talent attracted nearly 300 entries this year including paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics and photography.
The private view was attended by Preston’s Mayor and Mayoress, Carl and Linda Crompton, who presented the winners with their prizes. Prizes were awarded across four categories; Open Section, Reflections on Preston Guild, Reflections on Preston and the Under 16’s Section. Micaela Schoop took the overall first prize with her acrylic on canvas entitled ‘It could have been so different’. Many of the artworks are available to be purchased and can be collected when the exhibition closes on the 9th of February. This year’s event was sponsored by Grantham’s of Corporation Street who provided prizes in the form of gift vouchers. It was interesting to see that Preston’s threatened bus station featured in several of the artworks.
On a personal level, I was delighted that one of my own creations was snapped up by the Mayor and Mayoress! If you’re in the city centre, why not pop in and enjoy the wealth of local talent on show.
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