We Love the Coast 2017 Photo Contest Winners

We are very pleased to announce the top ten list for our We Love the Coast 2017 Photographic Competition. Entries, both amateur and professional, came in from Cornwall and the rest of the UK as well many other countries: the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Austria, Sweden, Italy, Portugal, Spain and India. Our judges thoroughly considered each and every entry – and there were many– before the challenge of whittling these down to a list of only ten. The judges were impressed by the quality, originality and artistry of the entries and it was particularly difficult to decide which excellent entries would narrowly miss out on a top ten spot. However all selections have now been made and we now take this opportunity to congratulate our winners as follows:

Gold Award – Catherine Sunrise by Jean-Claude Sicart

Alverton Penzance Photographic Competition

Silver Award – Sunset Ripples by Lucie Averill

Alverton Penzance Photo Contest

Bronze AwardStick Fishing at Sunset – By Aaron Northcott

Cornwall Photo Contest

Honourable mentions will be awarded to the remaining top ten winners, in alphabetical order (by surname) as follows:

Evening Light, Cot Valley by Bob Berry

Cornwall Photographic Contest

Coming Home by Simon Devetta

Penzance Photo Contest

To the Sea by Jodie Hogarth

Photo Contest Cornwall

Harbour Sunrise, Mousehole by Steve Payter

Photo Competition Cornwall

Sundown at Palliser Bay by Brian Scurfield

West Cornwall Photo Contest

Walking the Planks by Sylvia Tuck

Photo Contest Cornwall

Before the Storm – By Nigel Waters

Cornwall Photographic Competition

 

The Gold, Silver and Bronze winners will receive cash prizes as well as being featured in online articles. All of the top ten images will be printed, mounted, framed and displayed at the Alverton Gallery for thirty days. Do visit and take a look if you can!

Many thanks to all those talented photographers who entered our competition; the overall standard was incredibly high. Please check the “Competitions” tab on our website for details of future contests:

Alverton Penzance Photographic Competition


“We Love the Coast” 2017 Photo Competition

Cornwall Photo Competition

Cornwall Photo Competition

“To the Sea” by Andreas Hofschroer of Innsbruck, Austria, one of the many entries to the “We Love the Coast” Photographic Competition 2017

This beautiful image, entitled “To the Sea” and taken by Andreas Hofschroer of Innsbruck, Austria, is one of the many entries we have already received to our newly launched photographic competition.

Creative professional and amateur photographers from around the world are invited to enter the inaugural Alverton Penzance Photographic Competition entitled “We Love the Coast 2017”.  This competition will run to 23 January 2017 and is hosted by the Alverton Gallery. The contest is open to professional and amateur photographers worldwide (minimum age 18) and the entry photos can be taken anywhere in the world so long as they are consistent with the contest’s coastal theme.  Like many competitions of its kind there are cash prizes and certificates for the best three winning images but in addition we will frame and display for a period of thirty days, at no cost to the photographer, the best ten images of the competition within the gallery’s exhibition space as well as displaying the same top ten images on the gallery’s website and social media.

These prizes will give the photographers exposure at a busy location close to the celebrated Penlee House and Newlyn Galleries, Penzance and, subject to agreement between the photographer and the gallery, the winning images will be offered for sale to the general public (terms and conditions apply.)

So dig out your best coastal shots from anywhere in the world and email your images to:

PenzanceSubmissions@gmail.com

Remember that the deadline for entries is 23 January 2017.

Entry fees apply; please see this link for the full terms and conditions:

Alverton Penzance Photographic Competition

Best of luck and we look forward to seeing your work on the gallery walls.


“We Love the Coast” 2017 International Photographic Competition

Cornwall Photo Contest

Creative professional and amateur photographers from around the world are invited to enter the inaugural Alverton Penzance Photographic Competition entitled “We Love the Coast 2017”.  This competition will run from 23 November 2016 to 23 January 2017 and is hosted by the Alverton Gallery. The contest is open to professional and amateur photographers worldwide (minimum age 18) and the entry photos can be taken anywhere in the world so long as they are consistent with the contest’s coastal theme.  Like many competitions of its kind there are cash prizes and certificates for the best three winning images but in addition we will frame and display for a period of thirty days, at no cost to the photographer, the best ten images of the competition within the gallery’s exhibition space as well as displaying the same top ten images on the gallery’s website and social media.

These prizes will give the photographers exposure at a busy location close to the celebrated Penlee House and Newlyn Galleries, Penzance and, subject to agreement between the photographer and the gallery, the winning images will be offered for sale to the general public (terms and conditions apply.)

So dig out your best coastal shots from anywhere in the world and from 23 November email your images to:

PenzanceSubmissions@gmail.com

Entry fees apply; please see this link for the full terms and conditions:

Alverton Penzance Photographic Competition

Best of luck and we look forward to seeing your work on the gallery walls.


How to Find Sperris Quoit from Zennor Quoit, West Cornwall

How to find Sperris Quoit.

Visitors to Zennor Quoit, Cornwall, may also notice on the map another nearby ancient site – Sperris Quoit. I spent many years trying to find the far smaller Sperris Quoit and having recently succeeded I decided to share my knowledge here. So, if you stand with your back to Zennor Quoit, facing roughly in the direction of St Ives, you will see a cluster of standing stones and if you look over to your left you will see a rocky outcrop. As can be seen from the photograph, Sperris Quoit is visible from Zennor Quoit but only just!

How to Find Sperris Quoit

From the same vantage point you will also see, near Zennor Quoit, the remains of an old gateway and, in the distance, a ruined mine building:

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To get to Sperris Quoit you begin by going through the old gateway then following the path to the old mine building – about 220 paces. Once at the ruined building you follow the path to the right:

How to Find Sperris Quoit

About 130 paces along that path you will come to a small tree:

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At the small tree take an IMMEDIATE right aross the top of the rocky outcrop. As you approach the edge of the outcrop you will see Sperris Quoit nestling among the bracken; it is in the very centre of this photograph:

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You’ll know when you’ve arrived at Sperris Quoit because it looks like this:

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Another point to note about Sperris Quoit is that is it in near alignment with Zennor Quoit and the large engine house on the horizon known as “Ding Dong” as shown in this photo:

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Which makes Ding Dong another helpful point of reference. Hope this is useful and happy Sperris hunting!


Sarah Vivian – An Inheritance of Artistry

Sarah Vivian Inheritance of Artistry

Article in the “West Briton” Newspaper 22 September 2016

Penwith landscape artist Sarah Vivian, whose current exhibition is at the Alverton Gallery in Penzance until 29 October, is a woman with an impressive artistic heritage.

Her great-grandfather Thomas Comley Vivian was a well-known portrait painter, with royalty among his clients, and her great-grandmother Elizabeth Farquar exhibited at the Royal Academy. “It was extremely rare for a woman to have a professional artistic career at that time, but as a child she had the advantage of access to the studio of her uncle, George Cruickshank, who illustrated for Charles Dickens,” explains Sarah. “I still use my great-grandmother’s mahl stick, a time-tested tool for steadying the hand of artists during precision painting techniques, to create my own miniatures on a large scale.”

Using a dazzling palette of oil colours, Sarah’s method of painting also harks back to an earlier time. To create strong visual and emotional impact, she paints with great detail and in a heightened and intensified manner, building up complex layers of colour and texture, combining classic technical methods of “thin to fat and dark to light” with Pre-Raphaelite painting techniques layering translucent glazes on a brilliant white background.

Gallery director Roger Driscoll says: “Sarah truly captures the spiritual nature of West Cornwall so effortlessly. Her attention to intricate detail and colour creates unique paintings with a magical, hyper-real quality.”

Sarah Vivian: Landscape – In Detail is open Tuesday to Saturday, 9.30 am to 5 pm.

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Sarah Vivian – Artistic Inheritance

Sarah Vivian Artistic Inheritance

Article in “The Cornishman” Newspaper 22 September 2016.

Penwith landscape artist Sarah Vivian, whose current exhibition is at the Alverton Gallery in Penzance until 29 October, is a woman with an impressive artistic heritage. Her great-grandfather Thomas Comley Vivian was a well-known portrait painter, with royalty among his clients, and her great-grandmother Elizabeth Farquar exhibited at the Royal Academy. “It was extremely rare for a woman to have a professional artistic career at that time, but as a child she had the advantage of access to the studio of her uncle, George Cruickshank, who illustrated for Charles Dickens,” explains Sarah. “I still use my great-grandmother’s mahl stick, a time-tested tool for steadying the hand.”

Sarah’s method of painting also harks back to an earlier time. To create strong visual and emotional impact, she paints with great detail and in a heightened and intensified manner, building up complex layers of colour and texture, combining classic technical methods of “thin to fat and dark to light” with Pre-Raphaelite painting techniques layering translucent glazes on a brilliant white background.

Gallery director Roger Driscoll says: “Sarah captures the spiritual nature of West Cornwall so effortlessly. Her attention to intricate detail and colour creates unique paintings with a magical, hyper-real quality.”

Sarah Vivian: Landscape – In Detail is open Tuesday to Saturday, 9.30 am to 5 pm.

Sarah Vivian Artistic

Sarah Vivian – Artistic Inheritance – Article in the Cornishman Newspaper 22 September 2016


Sarah Vivian Exhibition – “Landscape – In Detail”

Sarah Vivian Artist Cornwall

Penwith landscape artist Sarah Vivian is a woman with an impressive artistic heritage including her great grandfather, Thomas Comley Vivian, a well known portrait painter whose clients included the Prince Regent.  Her great grandmother, Elizabeth Farquhar, also exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1867 and 1914.  “It was extremely rare for a woman to have a professional artistic career at that time, but as a child she had the advantage of access to the studio of her uncle, George Cruickshank, who illustrated for Charles Dickens,” explains Sarah.  “I still use my great grandmother’s mahl stick, a time tested tool for steadying the hand of artists during precision painting techniques, to create my own miniatures on a large scale.”

Coming from a long line of professional artists stretching back over three generations, Sarah carries on a family passion for all things miniature.  “It would appear my preoccupation with meticulous detail is a genetic inheritance!” she jokes. Using her dazzling palette of oil colours, Sarah’s method of painting also harks back to an earlier time.  To create strong visual and emotional impact, she paints with great detail and in a heightened and intensified manner, building up complex layers of colour and texture, combining classic technical methods of “thin to fat and dark to light” with Pre-Raphaelite painting techniques layering thin translucent glazes on a brilliant white background.

“I’m delighted to be exhibiting the work of such a prominent local artist,” says Roger Driscoll,  Director of the Alverton Gallery in Penzance.  “Sarah truly captures the spiritual nature of West Cornwall so effortlessly.  Her attention to intricate detail and colour creates unique paintings with a magical, hyper-real quality.”

Sarah Vivian Artist Cornwall

Sarah Vivian Artist Cornwall – Forthcoming Exhibition at the Alverton Gallery, Penzance 14 September to 29 October 2016.


“White Boat Reflections” – Michael Praed

Michael Praed Cornish Artist

We are pleased to report that this beautiful painting by Michael Praed Cornish Artist entitled “White Boat Reflections” has now been sold as an early Christmas gift. Nothing like planning ahead!

Michael was born in Cornwall and studied at both the Penzance and Falmouth Schools of Art. His paintings of boats, fishing ports and the coast of Cornwall are strong in both line and colour, having developed a personal style that can be readily recognised as his work.

His first solo show at NAG was in 1981, and his paintings have been part of many mixed shows both with NSA and at the Penwith Gallery, both of which artists’ societies he has been a member. From 1978-80 he was Chairman of the NSA.

Michael Praed Cornish Artist

Michael Praed Cornish Artist “White Boat Reflections”, Oil on board, available at The Alverton Gallery, Penzance


“Mousehole Harbour” – Michael Praed

Michael Praed Artist Cornwall

We are pleased to report that this beautiful example of Michael Praed’s work – “Mousehole” – has now been sold, as a gift for someone who loves Mousehole. Perfect!

Michael was born in Cornwall and studied at both the Penzance and Falmouth Schools of Art. His paintings of boats, fishing ports and the coast of Cornwall are strong in both line and colour, having developed a personal style that can be readily recognised as his work.

His first solo show at NAG was in 1981, and his paintings have been part of many mixed shows both with NSA and at the Penwith Gallery, both of which artists’ societies he has been a member. From 1978-80 he was Chairman of the NSA.

Buy Michael Praed Art Online

Buy Michael Praed Art Online “Mousehole Harbour” by Michael Praed, Oil on board, The Alverton Gallery, Penzance