The Henley Art and Craft Guild (HACG) exhibition which opened on Friday has over 110 framed pictures as well as quite a few delightful items of pottery and sculpture on display at the Old Fire Station Gallery.
On the opening night (Friday 21 April) the Mayor, Councillor Julian Brookes and Henley’s dog painter, Clive Hemsley officially opened the exhibition before Clive presented the Mollie Staley Award to Kasha Lunt for her collograph picture entitled Wild Geese. The judge for this year’s award was RSBA Sculptor, Clive Duncan.
On receiving the award Kasha said, “It’s a real thrill to be awarded the Mollie Staley Award especially as it is judged by other artists. My inspiration comes from nature especially animals and their movement. The work that won is of the flying Canada Geese that are often seen down by the river. The picture is a collograph which means it starts as a card plate onto which the design is created and sealed, it is then inked up and printed by me. My work has been exhibited at Art Fairs and Galleries. This year I am exhibiting with the HACG at the Old Smithy Studio as part of their Henley Arts Trail as well as at the Old Fire Station Gallery. The HACG have a great selection of art and sculpture on show.”
Ann Spicer, Chair of HACG said, “Over £400 worth of items were sold on Friday, a figure equalled the following day. At the end of the week the Old Fire Station Gallery is venue 1 on the Henley Arts Trail which happens over the bank holiday weekend so we are hoping for lots more visitors then.”
“A lot of work was put into setting up the exhibition i.e. getting in entries and the large amount of documentation involved; preparing and putting banners and posters etc. by the Guild’s excellent Exhibitions’ Secretary, Elaine Fear. Sadly Elaine was taken ill early in the week, so other members of the committee and Guild members had to rally around. I am sure that Elaine would be proud of the finished results, and thanks should go to all and sundry who helped out. We wish her a speedy recovery!”