Field of flowers wins art vote
4:02pm Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
AN artist brushed away the competition and took home two prizes at an awards ceremony voted by the public.
Anne Fryers was awarded the People’s Prize at Bury Art Gallery, after members of the public who visited their exhibition voted for their favourite piece of artwork.
Mrs Fryers, of Haslam Hey Close, Lowercroft, won first and second prize in the public vote for her two pieces of artwork.
Staff at Bury Art Gallery decided to use paintings that are usually hidden away in their archives to help inspire members of the society to create their own piece of art.
Mrs Fryers’ painting of a meadow with wildflowers came out on top, and was in response to a darker piece from the gallery’s collection, which she wanted to liven up and add colour to.
She said: “People seemed to like it because I think it made them remember happy days in the countryside, and I am sure they liked the bright colours.
“There was a number of paintings we used to inspire us like flower paintings, still life.
“A lot of it was the type of thing you would find in a mausoleum. I love doing flowers but not as dismal as that.”
In addition she took second prize, which was a modern take on an old landscape painting. Mrs Fryers, who has painted all her life and been a member of the society since 2001, said she was delighted that her work had been picked out.
She added: “It is very rewarding because it means that people can see in your work, it must have struck a chord with a lot of people.”
The society was founded in 1949, and their second president was LS Lowry. Bury Art Society launched its exhibition in July with a visit from the Mayor of Bury, Cllr Sharon Briggs, and it is still open to view until Saturday.
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