Winners unveiled at Mercer Art Gallery

NADV 1209102AM1 Harrogate Open exhibition judges choose the shortlist from 600 entries. Jane Sellars (Mercer Gallery) . Adam King (artist), and curator Caroline Krzesinska). 1209102AM1

NADV 1209102AM1 Harrogate Open exhibition judges choose the shortlist from 600 entries. Jane Sellars (Mercer Gallery) . Adam King (artist), and curator Caroline Krzesinska). 1209102AM1

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Harrogate Open Exhibition 2012 has just announced their 2012 prize-winners. This ever popular show, held at at The Mercer Art Gallery on Swan Road, is a showcase for the district’s talented artists, many of them untrained.

This year’s event features 206 works in a wide range of media, from paintings and prints, to sculpture, jewellery and ceramics. In total, artists entered 612 works of art for the Harrogate Open, from which the panel selected 206 works.

The exhibition also has a prize fund of £ 1,000 generously sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Art Gallery.

This year’s winner of the £200 top prize is self-taught, Otley-based Julia Odell with her painting Nithering Almscliffe.

Second prize £100 went to painter Daren Higham, also based in Otley, for Edgelands Cont.

The selectors were Harrogate artist Adam King, freelance curator, Caroline Krzesinska, and Jane Sellars, Curator of Art for Harrogate Borough Council.

There is also a chance for the public to vote in the People’s Prize.

Jane Sellars said: “Visit the exhibition and vote for the artwork you like the best to help it win a prize of £100 donated by the Friends of the Mercer Art Gallery. Admission is free and all works are for sale.”

Six artists also won special commendations of £50 each: Laney Birkhead for her print Last rays soaking in bulrushes moorhens cry. Piers Browne for his oil painting Evening Sunburst over Wensleydale at daytime for Whitfield Scar. Caroline Machray for her drawing Composed. Andrea Newall for her gouache Self Portrait. Mike Robson for his drawing and painting of Graham Towers’ De Havilland Tiger Moth. Richard Turner for his ceramic sculpture The Baselisk.

For more information, email museums@harrogate.gov.uk