Winning art’s a stroke of genius

Storm Clouds by kirkcaldy artist Neil Ingebrigtsen. Winner Fife Art 2013

Storm Clouds by kirkcaldy artist Neil Ingebrigtsen. Winner Fife Art 2013

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What do Bob the Pigeon Fancier and Storm Clouds have in common? They are both titles of winning works from this year’s Fife Art.

Unbelievably, this annual art extravaganza is now in its 30th year and back at the newly refurbished Kirkcaldy Galleries until November 1, showcasing the very best that Fife’s amateur artists have to offer.

At the preview last Friday, friends and families of the entrants crammed into the building to hear who had won the six coveted Shell awards.

They included Neil Ingebrigtsen from Kirkcaldy, whose painting Storm Clouds (pictured) was described by judges as a “strong, gritty image using lighting to achieve an intensity of mood.”

Others were: Steven McConnell (Burntisland) Suprematist Moon, Teresa Angus (Methil) Bob the Pigeon Fancier, Jean Boath (Dalgety Bay) Golden Fields, Lyn Evans (Upper Largo) From My Back Door and Martin Watt (Crossgates) Three Peaks

Each winner received £200 and their work was bought by sponsors Shell and donated to the NHS, to go on show at healthcare centres across Fife.

It was not just the winners who were celebrating on Friday though, with nearly 350 entrants all enjoying the chance to see their work on the gallery walls.

Exhibition curator Iain Clark said: “Every year Fife’s amateur artists really pull out the stops, there’s an incredible range of talent, styles and subjects on show - from a drawing of Nelson Mandela to a bust of Einstein made of shells!

“We also really want to know about the public’s reactions to the show, so every day there is a fresh chance to win a £25 Amazon voucher, just for popping in to see the show and telling us what caught your eye.”

Stuart Cross, chairman of Fife Cultural Trust, hosted the evening, and the awards were presented by Cllr David Ross, depute leader of the administration.

In addition, there were speeches by Allan Burns, chairman NHS Fife and David Burgess, manager at Shell’s Fife NGL plant.

Mr Burgess said:“I’m proud to say Shell have supported the Fife Art Exhibition for 30 years, which officially makes it our longest running sponsorship in the Fife area.

“I’d like to thank everyone for taking part and making this event such a success. It’s important we can help bring the community together in a high-profile celebration of art and local culture.”