First of all, last Thursday (27 Jul), Lady Corder opened this years Sarnia Arts & Crafts Club summer exhibition at Elizabeth College showcasing club members' artistic creations over the past 12 months. All in all, there are over 250 individual exhibits and items on display. At the conclusion of the opening she presented a trophy to Gill Harrison whose acrylic painting Red Spade was chosen as the winner of the club's publicity competition.
Then on Tuesday (1 Aug) Sir Ian took his turn by opening Guernsey Art Network's 2017 Skipton Art Festival in the Market Inner Street. This year's festival includes two exhibitions and a series of 'open studio' workshops again showcasing works by a wide range of Bailiwick artists. His Excellency also presented an award for the best exhibit in the open exhibition to wildlife painter Sharmane Dodd.
Sir Ian and lady Corder both profess to have been greatly impressed by the wealth of artistic talent residing in the Bailiwick and by the way in which the creative arts are encouraged across all elements of the community.