Report on 15th Annual Open Exhibition October 2015

This was the most successful exhibition so far with 226 exhibits. Exhibits covering paintings, photographs, sculptures and craftwork from people of all ages living or working in a rural parish within a five mile radius of Bridge were shown. Bridge School contributed two roof hangings and the 1st Bridge Guides submitted a Holiday Collection. The Bridge and Patrixbourne WI Craft Group contributed a Quilt. The exhibition favourite was A Stormy Day by ten year old Jenson North. The results can be seen on the web site (

Refreshments were available and visitors were encouraged to sit and talk. On Saturday evening piano music was played by Michael Chandler which added to the enjoyment of the event. There were presentations by Peter Hodges, Secretary of the South Canterbury Decorative and Fine Arts Society, one of this year’s sponsors. Gift tokens, generously donated by Cowling and Wilcox, Canterbury were awarded in a non-competitive draw to two artists, one junior under eleven years of age and one senior up to the age of eighteen years.

George-Stanley-Prize   George-Stanley-Artwork   Mollie-Bryant-Prize   Mollie-Bryant-Artwork
The Junior 
prize was awarded to George Stanley who submitted three pieces of craft work.  The senior prize was awarded to Mollie Bryant who submitted two pieces of art work.
George (left) and Mollie (right) receive their prizes from Peter Hodges. Click or tap photos to enlarge

Grateful thanks are also due to our other exhibition sponsors The Bourne Gallery, Picture Framing Service at Chalkpit Farm. As always the successful weekend was due to the many talented exhibitors and loyal helpers.

Sue Hodges