Mayfield artist Adolfas has plenty to crow about

Penicuik Turner Art Prize winner Adolfas Skurdelis with his painting of a crow.
Penicuik Turner Art Prize winner Adolfas Skurdelis with his painting of a crow.

The winner of this year’s Penicuik Turner Prize for art was Adolfas Skurdelis with his stunning painting of a crow.

This year 21 artists exhibited at Penicuik Community Arts Centre with work of a very high standard.

The judging was carried out by Edinburgh-based artist and teacher Damian Callan.

He praised Adolfas for the bold composition and excellent control of paint.

Adolfas is originally from Lithuania and now stays in Mayfield. There will be an exhibition of his work in the arts association’s Gallery Cafe next March.

In addition, David Owen was praised by the judge for his atmospheric landscape and Jane Butler-Cole’s image of two intertwined old trees was also singled out for the delicacy of the paint and for the poetry of the subject matter.

This year 190 votes were cast for the People’s Choice and the clear winner was Gillian Westland with “Vale Fortis”, a photo-realistic painting of a gorilla staring straight at the viewer.

Gillian, who lives in Penicuik, is a mother of three and also teaches art across Midlothian.

The trophy was presented by Penicuik artist Ulla Hipkin. Ulla is a founder member of Penicuik Community Arts Association and a former winner of the Turner Prize.

The presentation of prizes marked a fitting conclusion to a successful open exhibition and was the final event of the 2015 Penfest celebrations.

Arts association chairman Jackie McDonald said: “On the whole Penfest was a success.

“In addition to the Penicuik Turner exhibition, which was of a very high quality this year, the two most successful events were the Words and Music in Rosslyn Chapel and the festival concert. Both of these event were pretty well sold out.”

Planning is already in hand for the 2016 Penicuik arts festival. Anyone who wants to participate at any level - either performing or organising - should contact Jackie on 01968 675661.