Over 300 pieces from over 100 artists were on display in the Europa Gallery, Sutton Central Library, in May, at the borough’s 65th annual Open Art Exhibition, organised by Arts Network Sutton.

The figure represents a 50 per cent increase on last year, with half of the exhibiting artists coming from within the borough. Works ranged from Is you next – a quirky guillotine made from cardboard by ‘Mad Professor’ Don Pasquale – through to more conventional paintings in oils, watercolours and acrylic by art enthusiasts of all ages from Sutton and surrounding boroughs. The oldest entrant Iris Hoppel, 89, showed some samples of her Crochet work.

5333614‘A number of people said that it was the best exhibition they had ever seen in the Europa, with something for everyone,’ said organiser David Tribe. ‘Pictures totalling a value of £1430 were sold by 22 artists.’

Pictured is exhibitor Nick Aston with his Morris Dancers at the Summer Solstice (oil), painted at five o’clock in the morning on Wimbledon Common!