Splendid 14th South Holland Open Arts Exhibition.

It's very pleasant to attend a private view of an exhibition especially on a Wednesday evening out in Spalding in the fens.
We drove from Peterborough  followed by a clear peachy orange sunset, past Crowland Abbey silhouetted against the sky and through flat bulb fields.
We were visiting The 14 th Souh Holland Open Arts Exhibition.
I had two  paintings selected and my friend Tony Nero had one.
This is quite a local exhibition selected through postal application. There is no fee for entry and no prizes except a trophy for favourite work decided by public vote. I chose Ireland Sea and Sky by Janice Glew. , a huge canvas finished with resin. Very impressive.
The private view was quiet, the venue is impressive, a large space at the top of the Spalding arts centre, which also hosts a cafe and cinema.
The exhibition room, think ballroom, has a high ceiling and there is a permanent display of about  a dozen large paintings of tulips, once the lifeblood of Spalding. You can see them in the photo. At first it's difficult to draw your eyes away from these and look at the art work below but after a while you cease to look up. I enjoyed the artwork very much. There was a huge diversity and of course many familiar names. My only criticism is that some of the framing was definitely dodgy with not enough attention paid to highlighting the art. There were a few mean mounts and thin not right frames. This is a problem when the selection is from photos of artwork. But otherwise a lovely exhibition.


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