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Annual Summer Exhibition
Saturday 12 August - Sunday 27 August
Topsham School, Orchard Way, Topsham, EX3 0DN

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The exhibition is open from 10 a.m. to 5.40 p.m. from Saturday 12 August to Saturday 26 August, and from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. on Sunday 27 August.






Winners 2016

The Estuary Cup

82 year old Ottery St Mary artist John Wakefield has shown that he has lost nothing of his artistic abilities by carrying off the Estuary Cup at the Topsham Art Group Fiftieth Anniversary Exhibition. There are some 250 artworks in the show but John’s masterly watercolour of trees in their Autumn glory caught the eye of Angela Yarwood, Director of the Brook Gallery, who opened the show at the Topsham School on Friday.

John started his artistic career at the Beckenham School of Art and after National Service, he had a very varied career in Advertising and Marketing, designing graphics for the printing industry for a huge range of products - confectionery, roof tiles, easter eggs, engineering products, jam, cosmetics, microscopes and much more besides. Some of his work received industry awards and he even got involved in the incorporation of EC Law and Bar codes to the advertising industry.  However the arrival of computers has put paid to hand-drawn work and John retired to Ottery St Mary ten years ago with his equally talented wife Helen. Her prints and illustrations have also found a valued place in this year’s Topsham exhibition which runs until 14 August.

John and Helen had a very successful joint exhibition at Kennaway House in Sidmouth last year and John has had work accepted seven times at the Royal Watercolour Society’s London shows at the Bankside Gallery, and has also had work accepted at the prestigious Frieze Art Show.

The Douglas Dart Trophy

Penny Wolujewicz is creating quite a name for herself as a designer of some very striking prints of the houses and shipping in Topsham. She is largely self-taught, but has benefitted from courses at the Exeter-based Double Elephant print workshop.

Her clean line and clever use of textiles in her designs caught the eye of Angela Yarwood, the Director of the Brook Gallery, who opened the Topsham Art Group’s Fiftieth Anniversary show at Topsham School on Friday. Penny’s linocut of fishing vessels and yachts won the Douglas Dart Trophy for the best representation of a Topsham scene. Her designs are on show at the Topsham Museum and reflect Penny’s love of architectural and maritime shapes.

Charles Stanley award

Anna Fitzgerald, seen here receiving her award from Emma Matthews of Exeter based wealth managers Charles Stanley & Co, has carried off one of the main prizes at Topsham Art Group’s Fiftieth Anniversary Exhibition with her picture “Heading Home’.  Anna, who moved to Exmouth only a year ago has already shown that she can make a big impression by creating the highly successful ‘Exmouth Art Trail’ which attracted over a thousand participants this summer. It will become part of the Exmouth Festival next year.

Her art training began at Canterbury School of Art but her career has been in teaching and mental health support. She returned to art four years ago and has been experimenting with new materials and techniques, creating some impressively complex, multi-layered and richly coloured designs which have caught the eye of many visitors to the Topsham show, including Emma Matthews of Charles Stanley’s Exeter Office, who has a keen eye for art. The award, generously sponsored by Charles Stanley, includes a large supply of art materials.