Local artists celebrate open exhibition success

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LOCAL artists from both sides of the border have come out on top at the annual Gymnasium Gallery Open Exhibition.

Following a public vote by visitors to the Berwick gallery, first place has been awarded to Geoffrey William of Cornhill for his clever assemblage entitled “Moonlit Coast” that represent a coastal landscape.

Second place has gone to Max Hague of Grantshouse, whose painting “Wonderful World” involves poured paints that react on a revolving circular board creating an effect of looking down to Earth from space and seeing swirling oceans and islands.

Chirnside artist Caroline Underhill was awarded third place with her large pastel drawing of a bull.

Throughout the exhibition several schools have visited, enabling young people to have a tour of the gallery and take part in workshops.

The students also voted for their favourite piece of work, with this year’s winner announced as Susan Parr, with a mosaic of a butterfly using recycled paper.

Curator Matthew Walmsley said: “For the fifth year running the Open Exhibition has been a great draw for the Gymnasium Gallery, it not only showcases some of the region’s top creative talent but also represents Berwick’s cultural appeal as people show their support in numbers.

“Over 2,000 people have already visited the fifth Open Exhibition and the Gymnasium Gallery has an amazing continued increase in audience numbers this season with well over 16,000 visits so far this year, 20 per cent up on last year.”

The Open Exhibition will continue to run at the Gymnasium Gallery until Saturday, December 17.

The gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday from noon-4pm.

For more information on the gallery and its programme of exhibition call 01289 304535 or 01289 308506.