This weekend’s Off the Walls Art Exhibition, arranged by Whitchurch Arts at the Gill Nethercott Centre, drew in visitors from both locally and afar.
After the grand opening by the Whitchurch Carnival Queen, both days saw a steady stream through the doors to enjoy (and purchase) the works from over 20 local artists in a variety of mediums.
Wide variety of work
Nearly one hundred pieces of work were on view ranging from paintings and cartoons to wood carvings and even guitar art.
The event, organised by Whitchurch Art‘s member Jude Price was also run in conjunction with World Mental Health Day.
Many of the works had followed the loose theme of the show, Black and White, including a wonderful display by the Whitchurch Youth Project.
Off the Walls
Off the Walls, is primarily a scheme which aims at having local art displayed in venues around the town.
Should anyone purchase an item then the proceeds go to the artist with a commission to the venue owner and a small fee to Whitchurch Arts. As well as sales at the Exhibition, this weekend also saw more OTW work sold from the White Hart one of the leading supporters of the venture.
Local Shopkeeper’s Talent
Whitchurch Art’s Exhibitions are ideal vehicles to showcase local talents that may otherwise remain undiscovered.
One of the exhibitors at the Show was Jeff Phippen who has for the last 19 years been running the House ‘n Home store in the town centre.
Jeff is closing his shop at the end of this month but he has another skill up his sleeve. Jeff is a skilled woodworker, specialising in intarsia and decorative fretwork. He has produced some fantastic work from plaques and name boards to boxes and wooden pictures. He intends to carry on with this once he leaves his shop.
OFF THE WALLS