‘Fantastic’ turnout for exhibition

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VISITORS were quick to snap up paintings at Steyning Art Group’s annual exhibition.

People flocked to the Steyning Centre on Saturday to see members’ work, as well as winners in the Royal British Legion children’s poppy painting competition.

Patricia Gill with her pictures. Photo by Derek Martin D14461138a

Patricia Gill with her pictures. Photo by Derek Martin D14461138a

Steyning Art Group member Patricia Gill said: “There was a fantastic turnout, with lots of visitors, who really enjoyed the paintings, of which many were sold, along with lots of cards.”

Her poppy painting, which she created especially for the Steyning and District Royal British Legion to mark the centenary of the First World War, was also on show.

Mrs Gill said members of the branch were there selling tickets for their lottery to win the centenary poppy painting, which was donated by the art group.

“The lottery draw is taking place on November 17, when the poppy painting is being drawn as first prize,” she added.

SH 081114 Steyning Art Group annual exhibition at the Steyning Centre. Milly Patterson 8 and sister Erin view the children's poppy paintings in RBL competition. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-141011-111936001

SH 081114 Steyning Art Group annual exhibition at the Steyning Centre. Milly Patterson 8 and sister Erin view the children's poppy paintings in RBL competition. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-141011-111936001

The prize-winning poppy creations from primary schools in the area, including Steyning, Upper Beeding and Ashurst, attracted a lot of attention. There were paintings, drawings and collages, some incorporating crosses and references to ‘100’.

Steyning Art Group judges the competition each year and book tokens are awarded to winners at each school.

Winners from Steyning Primary School were George Groves, Sienna Walker, Lola Mudock-Cole and Toby Read.

Upper Beeding Primary School winners were Olivia Pettigrew and Chloe Andrews, and Ashurst Primary School winners were Christopher Murphy and Bertie Mackay.

Pupils from Washington and Ashington primary schools also took part and had paintings on display, along with highly-commended paintings from each school.