• Summer Exhibition 2017

    My grateful thanks to the twelve club members who, between them, contributed an impressive 186 prints and photoboards that filled the exhibition room in Selsey Town Hall from the 25th to the 28th August. The quality of the photographic work on display clearly impressed our 431 visitors over the four days, which included a number who came to the private viewing session on the Thursday evening. The audio-visual presentation, once again so expertly compiled by Bryan Whittle to include a whole season's worth of high scoring digital images, also attracted many favourable comments. Overall this was a very successful summer exhibition - perhaps our best yet !!

    Here are some of the comments recorded by our visitors:

    "Very impressed" , "Another super show" , "Great images" , "Lovely show" , "Great Exhibition" , "Wonderful" , "Brilliant - Thank you" , "Excellent" , "Lovely exhibition - thanks" , "Well done all"

    I would particularly like to thank the stalwart team of members who worked tirelessly setting up the exhibition throughout Thursday, meeting & greeting visitors over the four days, dismounting everything and transporting the display boards back to Martin's garage.

    Once again we decided to drop the entry charge to the exhibition and replace it with a voluntary raffle in which visitors could choose to pay £1 for an opportunity to win their favourite print. This certainly proved very popular with 219 tickets sold over the four days. The winning ticket, drawn on Monday afternoon by Arts Dream Selsey's Angela Benwell, belonged to Mr Keith Palin of Selsey. Mr Palin had chosen print No 103 "Barn Own" (taken by John Wadd), which he was delighted to receive upon delivery immediately following the exhibition.

    This year we also gave our visitors the opportunity to purchase copies of the prints on display and by Monday afternoon some twenty expressions of interest had been recorded. Needless to say the authors of those prints will contact the interested parties in due course to discuss the sales.

    Two factors contributed to the overall success of this year's exhibition. Opening for four days clearly helped with visitor numbers, but collaborating with members of Arts Dream Selsey, who exhibited and demonstrated their work in the main hall, the council chamber and next door in the old Selsey Works shop, certainly ensured that both exhibitions benefited from one another's visitors. My grateful thanks therefore to Angela Benwell and her colleagues for their support and for working with us on the advertising and promotion of what turned out to be a four-day arts "extravaganza".

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