“Inspired” artworks at Clitheroe Castle

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CHRISTMAS shoppers looking for something out of the ordinary could find the ideal gift at Clitheroe Castle Museum: an original work of art.

The “Inspired” Ribble Valley and East Lancashire open art exhibition is now under way in the Steward’s Gallery, with plenty to offer art lovers and bargain hunters alike.

Rachel Jackson, Lancashire County Council’s museum manager at the castle, said: “This is a fantastic celebration of local art from nearly 70 talented professional and amateur artists from across the area.

“All the works are for sale, and there is a wide variety of different styles to suit all tastes – and budgets – in the run-up to Christmas.”

Prizes for the best paintings were awarded at a recent private viewing hosted by the museum and Atrium Café.

The selector’s prize was won jointly by David C. Lyons for “Bonnie and Clyde” and Geoff Rollinson for “Wren on Briars”. They each won £50 cash, a Lancashire Museums Xplorer ticket, and a joint exhibition in the Steward’s Gallery in 2012.

Joint winners of the Ribble Valley prize were Peter Hopwood for “Pendle Winter Moon” and Rebecca Wilson for “Pheasant on the Run”. They each won £50 and a joint exhibition at the Longridge Heritage Centre in 2012.

For information phone 01200 424568 or e-mail clitheroecastle@lancashire.gov.uk. Alternatively, visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/acs/sites/museums.

Clitheroe Castle Museum is managed by Lancashire County Council’s Museum Service on behalf of Ribble Valley Borough Council.