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Western Cape Watercolour Group – 15th Annual Merit Exhibition

December 9, 2011

Wow, we’ve been busy again, this week with our annual exhibition of watercolour paintings at the Circle Centre in Somerset West. This year, for the first time, we are showing not only the paintings from the Merit Award, but also an exhibition of “Little Gems”, small paintings just 15cm square.

Preparations began early on Wednesday morning when we put up the stands around the huge Christmas tree which graces the centre of the Circle Centre shopping mall. It’s fortunate that we have a couple of able bodied men on the committee to help with the stands. Once these were in place we were ready for the artists to bring in their paintings for the hanging (an unfortunate term).

The hanging is quite a job with 60+ paintings to arrange artfully to show them off to their best advantage. But after an hour or so of careful placing and securing I was happy with the arrangement. Then, with the painting labels and winners rosettes in place we were ready for the opening. There was just time to get changed and bring down the drinks and snacks for the members and their guests before people started arriving.

The speeches and awards for all the prize winners went off very smoothly, despite the accompaniment of the Woollies trolleys. Once my introduction was over I was free to enjoy an entertaining speech by Marion Langton, one of my predecessors as chair of the Watercolour Group. As you can see between us we had the prizes pretty well sewn up!

Annual Merit Exhibition

First prize “Cream of the Crop” – Marion Langton

Second prize – Cherry Nichols

Third prize – Diane White

Highly commended prizes were awarded to: Wallace Hulley (two), Penny Steynor and Cherry Nichols.

“Little Gems”

First prize – Diane White

Second prize – Diane White

Third prize – Wallace Hulley

Highly commended prizes were awarded to: Penny Steynor, Cherry Nichols and Marion Langton (two)

And a good evening was had by all.  The exhibition runs until the morning of Wednesday 14th December. Worth a visit if you’re in the area.

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