GUISELEY Art Club member Christine Thomas was the public vote winner for her exquisite pastel drawing ‘Easy peelers-hard to paint’ at Gargrave Art Exhibition’s Golden anniversary show in July.

Appropriately Christine’s drawing was of golden clementines in a glass bowl placed on a glass table.

The pastel drawing impressed visitors, who vote for the award, with many commenting on the incredible way Christine has captured the glass’s reflective qualities.

Not surprisingly Christine, says she loves painting glass and reflections. Having first dabbled in watercolours, Christine is now passionate about working in pastels and loves their ‘immediacy and brilliance and the way pastels create lovely marks’.

Christine was presented with her award by friend and fellow artist, Julie Bruce. Both members of Guiseley Art Club where they first met, it was Julie who encouraged Christine to submit her artwork to the Gargrave Show.

Christine’s prize is to return to the show next year and display an extended portfolio of work.

Next year the show is open from Thursday, July 13 to Sunday, July 16. The exhibition acts as a fundraiser for the village hall trust, the show’s venue since its inception in 1970.