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Catherine Inglis SWA wins the People’s Choice award at Beverley Open Art

The People’s Choice winner of the recent 23rd Open Art exhibition at Beverley Art Gallery has been announced.

Catherine E Inglis won the coveted award, for her piece, ‘Brown Hare’.

The vote attracted a record number of entries from visitors to the exhibition – over 500 – and Catherine garnered the highest proportion of votes cast.

Catherine said: “I was really surprised when I received the news that I’d won the People’s Choice; I think it’s the best award to win. It’s amazing.

“I produce my work in my studio at home in Skirpenbeck, just outside York.

“I came to art late in life, professionally speaking. I had planned to work part-time but my framer arranged an exhibition for my work and it just snowballed from there, so I never needed the supporting part time work. We ran out of space in the house! So I have a studio at home now, which is really nice. It’s also used as somewhere to teach and run workshops. I hadn’t planned to teach, but I love it.

“I’ve been working as an artist since 2000, but I’ve been painting in an amateur capacity a lot longer than that.

“I am absolutely passionate about pastel. I’m a professional associate and online tutor for Unison Colour, promoting and demonstrating their pastels. I’m also a professional associate of the SAA. I’m a member of the Society of Woman Artists in London as well as a Member of East Riding Artists. I am the President of Driffield Art Club, which is a flourishing club with an enthusiastic committee and membership.

“I would describe myself as quite a traditional sort of artist, I’m certainly not highly contemporary. I do mostly commission work; I really like portraits of people, and I do a lot of animal portraits.

“Hares are the only wildlife I paint now; they’re fabulous. If you stand really stock still early in the morning with the wind behind you, they can get very close.

“I’d encourage any artist to submit their work to Open Art. I’ve had a lot of fun putting my art out there in exhibitions. I’ve always entered Beverley’s Open Art. It’s a really friendly gallery, even from the moment you hand in your work for judging, it’s a really nice experience.”

Beverley Art Gallery curator Hannah Willetts added : “Congratulations to Catherine, the well deserving winner of the award! Thank you to everybody who came to the Open Art exhibition, and who took the time to vote. The exhibition was a huge success!”

The Open Art exhibition featured over 100 works selected by local artists and tutors Neil Helyard and Mimi Claughton, of which 35 were bought by visitors. In total, 197 works were submitted for the exhibition.

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