Special Woods Exhibition
18th November 2008
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Artwork inspired by The Chilterns goes on display

8 November 2008-4 January 2009

The Wall, River & Rowing Museum

The River & Rowing Museum has opened a new exhibition inspired by the beautiful woodlands of The Chilterns. The Special Woods exhibition is part of The Special Trees and Woods Project, in partnership with the Chilterns Conservation Board. It includes paintings, quilts, woodcarvings, collages and photos, all inspired by the beautiful woodlands of The Chilterns.

Despite the weather this summer, the Chiltern woodlands have proved inspirational to more than 90 artists who submitted their work for the Special Woods Art Competition.

A panel of local art professionals including Pat Jordan Evans from the Bohun Gallery, Reading Road, Henley selected artwork to be exhibited. Though it made the selection process harder, the judges were pleased with the high standard of work submitted by professional and amateur artists alike. All the artwork featured Chiltern woodlands though entries were received from as far afield as New Zealand! A huge diversity of artwork was received - 2 and 3D pieces, including paintings, quilts, wood carvings, collages and photos.

Assistant Curator at the River & Rowing Museum Suzie Tilbury said: "It's fascinating to see the variety of work that's been submitted and how one theme can lead artists in so many different directions. We're asking visitors to vote for their favourite piece in the exhibition, and it'll be interesting to see which pieces create the biggest impact."

The touring exhibition started at The River & Rowing Museum in Henley-on-Thames on 8 November and continues until 6 January 2009. Two prizes will be awarded after the first showing at Henley; one will be determined by the judges and one by a public ballot. Try to get to the River & Rowing Museum before 6 January to cast your vote!

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