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Jersey Arts Centre, Berni Gallery

Fox Annual Art Competition 17 October to 11 November 2017
11/11/2017
The competition is open to all artists living in the Channel Islands and there were works from Jersey, Guernsey and Alderney (none from Sark.) I usually leave this exhibition with a deeply furrowed brow as I don't agree with the judge's commendations or choices for the winners.

This year was no different in that respect, although I did like and was very pleased for Patricia Knee, who won the Shareholders Prize for "St Ouen's Sunset", showing the silhouette of the Rocco Tower beneath a deep and sombre moving sky and sitting atop a striated sea.

A few of the works had red dots by them, and again I was puzzled that those particular works had opened wallets or purses. My favourite of all was "Still Life in Blue" by Francis Harris, Oil Pastel on Canvas, which I thought was well drawn, ably composed, and serene: the artist has observed, made the picture and stepped aside for me to have a look and lose myself for a moment in simple contemplation.