HUNDREDS of submissions for Scarborough Art Gallery’s biannual East Coast Open exhibition have been painstakingly whittled down by a team of seven selectors.
As the name suggests, the exhibition, which opens on Saturday, is open to all artists in the region – professional and amateur.
A panel of judges chose the successful pieces on merit and divided them into four themes: Pleasure, Poetry, People and Place.
Four guest curators each chose a picture from the gallery’s permanent collection to reflect one of the themes and hang with paintings in that category.
Pleasure - Andy Dalton of Ryedale Folk Museum chose Roses of Youth by Henrietta Rae (1859-1928).
Poetry - Stuart Cameron of Crescent Arts chose Landscape with Juniper Tree by Anthony Gross (1905-1984).
People – artist Sally Taylor chose two line drawings by Henri Gauder-Brzesca (1891-1915).
Place - Jan Bee Brown, a freelance curator working with Scarborough Museums Trust, chose Ygaan and Foel Goch by John Kyffin Williams (1918-2006).
The selection team also included Stephen Wood from the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Bill Blake from Scarborough Art Society and ceramicist Karen Thompson.
“The selection proved quite hard this year because the standard is really high,” says Georgette Donoghue, marketing manager for Scarborough Museums Trust.
The exhibition is due to run until 12 February.
Taking a break from choosing pictures are, from left, Jan Bee Brown, Bill Blake, Sally Taylor, Stuart Cameron, Stephen Wood and Karen Thompson. Photo by Dave Kettlewell 115012
Roses of Youth by Henrietta Rae