Artist wins first prize in competition

Top row left to right: Kate Thornburrow, Lesley Harvey  Bottom row left to right: Moira Rogers, Terry Copping (Chair)
Top row left to right: Kate Thornburrow, Lesley Harvey Bottom row left to right: Moira Rogers, Terry Copping (Chair)

AN artist from Pevensey won a Sussex-themed competition after painting a springtime picture of bluebell woods in Arlington.

Joanne Fontanazzi, of Church Bailey, scooped first prize in the recent Association of Sussex Artists (ASA) contest after the competition was set up by the local older people’s charity Sussex Housing and Care and saw residents from sheltered housing sites across Sussex get arty in aid of the charity’s 65th birthday.

Members of the ASA were joined by Seaford artists Kate Thornborough and Lesley Harvey, who spent an evening deciding upon the worthy winner.

Chairman of the ASA Terry Copping said, “I thought the winning piece was just excellent, it had a great romantic atmosphere with lots of detail and a great composition.

“I feel privileged to have been invited to judge this competition and the works exhibited were full of great personal narrative. Sussex Housing and Care’s encouragement of art activities helps to give their residents the confidence to be creative and demonstrate their talent.”

The winning painting will be featured on the front cover of the charity’s annual review publication and will be professionally framed and handed back to the artist as a lasting memento. This competition is part of a wider range of art activities organised by the charity.

Last week, for example, saw residents of its four residential care homes working with artists from the award- winning Towner Gallery in Eastbourne.