Art club contest goes to the wire as visitors vote

DM155300a Peggy Smart holding one of her paintings
DM155300a Peggy Smart holding one of her paintings
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VISITORS have been keen to vote for their favourite picture in Lancing Art Club’s annual exhibition.

Around 120 paintings are on display in the South Hall at Lancing Parish Hall, in South Street, Lancing, until 8pm today and from 10am to 3.30pm tomorrow.

DM155271a Eve Wilson holding one of her paintings

DM155271a Eve Wilson holding one of her paintings

Votes can be cast for the favourite picture and the most original painting.

Assistant exhibition secretary Eve Wilson said: “People’s choice has been hugely varied and at this stage, there is no clear winner. Three or four are neck and neck, while other paintings have received one vote each.

“We want as many people as possible to come and air their views by voting.”

Members, meanwhile, will be voting for the winner of the Ron Polwin Award, which this year has the theme ‘soft’.

DM155292a Fierce and Soft by Ron Polwin

DM155292a Fierce and Soft by Ron Polwin

There were entries from most members in a variety of styles, including roses drawn in pencil, a tapestry of a ship, a mother and baby, and a tiger, called Fierce and Soft, and they have all be hung together on two stands.

Eve said there had been a good number of visitors, with the opening on Saturday proving particularly busy.

“People are admiring our big collaborative picture and seeming to like the way our exhibition looks,” she added.

The club has members from Worthing to Shoreham, though the majority live in Lancing. They have been working together on the big piece, which brings together 20 separate pictures, framed and mounted together to illustrate key scenes from Worthing to Southwick.

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