A local artist has had a surprise birthday present as she won a top prize of £750 for a painting featured in a popular exhibition.
Maggie Brown won first prize at the 30th Fishguard Arts Society (FAS) Summer Exhibition.
The exhibition in the ballroom and lobby of the Tregwynt Mansion marked three decades of the Summer Prize exhibition and showcased “incredibly good work”.
Rick Mabey, filmmaker, editor and producer was the judge this year. He spent a lot of time looking at all of the previous day’s work and struggled to decide on the winner but ultimately said the painting he chose “speaks to the heart”.
Tregwynt Mansion owner Doug MacLeod presented the top prize of £750 to Maggie Brown. He said how happy he was to see so many people enjoying the art and the grand opening. Since it was also Maggie’s birthday, he asked the assembled crowd of performers to sing Happy Birthday to him.
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Gaynor McMorrin, President of the Fishguard Arts Society, thanked all the artists and especially the volunteers without whom the exhibitions could not have lasted over 30 years as the society champions artists in West Wales.
Ms McMorrin also welcomed the Mayor of Fishguard, Sharon Mccarney and two of FAS’ longest exhibiting artists, Dennis Curry and Denys Short 103 and 95 respectively who were there.