ARTIST Jacqueline Read-Szymczyk has won this year’s first prize in the Rugby Open exhibition, which is currently on show at the town gallery.
Cllr Gwen Hotten, Mayor of Rugby, presented Jacqueline with her prize of £1,000 towards the production of an exhibition in Floor One Gallery next year, at a special event at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum.
Jacqueline said: “Winning the first prize is a wonderful inspiration for me to continue exploring and creating. I am excited about preparing for my show next year in this lovely exhibition space.”
Several other artists also won prizes during the evening. This year’s Morgan Sindall award of £100 was presented by Rob Miatt, the head of PR and communications at the company, to artist Mike Fone for his oil painting ‘Looking at me’.
The Andrew Varah award of £100 was presented to Frank Morris for his oil painting ‘My Friend Bob’ and the Rugby Decorative and Fine Art Society Award, of £100 and an trophy, presented by the chair of the society Tony Pernyes, went to Louis Vella for his impressive charcoal work ‘Buddhist Monk’.
Gallery visitors cast their votes for their favourite work in the Rugby Open during the first two weeks of the exhibition, and this year Louis Vella’s charcoal work ‘no-bar in black and white’ proved the visitors’ favourite.
The Rugby Open 2011 exhibition continues until Saturday December 31.
The gallery is open from Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 5pm and 10am to 4pm on Saturdays and closed on Sunday and Monday.
For more information contact Rugby Art Gallery and Museum on (01788) 533201.