Winter Art Exhibition – Friday 18th to Sunday 20th November 2016
The ParkLife Community Room at St.James’ Park was the venue for a very successful 3‑day exhibition of the work of painters who attend Shirley’s Studio 77 Workshops, run by Kate Krzysicaand Colleen Cockroft.
There were over 40 framed, original paintings, all on the theme of “Views of Shirley and Southampton”, and also unframed, mounted paintings of Hampshire, and cards.
Visitors from as far afield as Winchester, Botley, Bishop’s Waltham, and Swanmore joined many local people to enjoy the different styles on offer from this group of emerging artists.
In total over the 3 days:
- 350 visitors were recorded
- 283 cards were sold
- 27 framed and 19 unframed paintings were sold
- Over £2200 of paintings and cards were sold
Feedback from visitors focused on delight in the locality and the local theme. People spent much time reminiscing over paintings – one of Gypsy Grove particularly interested an elderly visitor who remembered when he was 11 years old, running up and down it looking for his lost 7‑year old brother who was eventually found at the fair with a 4‑year old girl!
The organisers, Kate and Colleen, were delighted with the community response and support for this event, and were thrilled for the workshoppers, some of whom were exhibiting for the first time – and one of whom very kindly donated £55 to FoSJP!