The exhibition was opened by Dr Perdita Hunt OBE who has an outstanding track record of senior positions in significant Arts related organisations - not least being her recent, highly successful, position as Director of Watts Gallery Trust.
Taking time out from her holiday to come to the exhibition's launch, she spoke of the importance of organisations such as Guildford Arts in providing showcases for local and national artists and stimulating awareness of the importance of art for the well being of community life.
This view was enhanced by many visitors who commented on how much they looked forward to the annual show.
For some, for whom this exhibition the first they had seen, there was surprise at the high quality and diversity of the exhibits and the professional manner of presentation.
Equally pleasing was the feedback from participating artists who remarked on how well the exhibition was organised and how much they enjoyed meeting the public - and each other. Such an opportunity for the artists to network and talk about their work, in what is often a very solitary process, was much appreciated.
Of course, Yvonne Arnaud Art will return next year and the team are already searching for the next group of artists that can offer a stimulating and varied collection of outstanding artwork.
Many thanks to the YAA team for a job well done!
Guildford Arts will be holding its 23rd Annual Summer Exhibition at the Mill Studio, a historic Victorian Building next to the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre.
The exhibition will showcase contemporary art from both local and national artists, with a number having exhibited at prestigious local and national exhibitions and galleries, including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Pastel Society Annual Exhibition, and appeared in Sky Arts’ Landscape Artist of the Year programme.
There is a wide variety of work from detailed still life to atmospheric interiors, landscapes, portraits and abstracts in various media including watercolour, pastel, acrylic and oil to prints, etchings, and photography. Three dimensional work in glass, wood and ceramics will also be exhibited.
The popular “Meet the Artist” event will be held each Saturday - this is a great opportunity to meet some of the artists exhibiting and find out more about their work and their techniques. In addition several will be demonstrating their work and there will be an opportunity to buy unframed work.
An art quiz for younger visitors will be held during the exhibition, with drawing materials supplied.
There is sure to be something to catch your eye - why not call in and browse - all work is for sale.