Report on 16th Annual Open Exhibition October 2016

This was another successful exhibition with 176 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 and Patrixbourne School contributed two hanging banners and the 1st Bridge Guides submitted a tryptich painting. The exhibition favourite was Moonlit Beach by Paula Olley. 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 Clare Elliott, the Young Arts representative 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.


evie-north-wheres-wally-crop-1000pixgenevieve-cooper-our-kettle-crop-1000pixThe junior prize was awarded to 7-year-old Evie North who submitted three pieces of art work including Where’s Wally ? (centre). The senior prize was awarded to 13-year-old Genevieve Cooper who submitted three pieces of art work including My Kettle but could not be present to collect her prize.  Evie (left) received her prize from Clare Elliott.  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 and Colebrook Sturrock & Co. As always the successful weekend was due to the many talented exhibitors and loyal helpers.

Sue Hodges