The huge number of visitors to the Art Exhibition at the Festival were asked to choose their favourite piece of work by placing a small coloured sticker next to it.
While 'winning' was not the point of the exhibition, it proved an excellent idea and visitors said it made them look more closely and think about the works on show.
Indeed some people asked for an additional sticker so that they could vote for two works. Whether the doorkeepers distributing the stickers obliged is known only to them and the lucky visitors.
We understand over 700 votes were cast and the most popular – The People's Choice – was the work by the children of Audlem St James' Primary School – see top photo.
Congratulations to the many young artists that contributed to the work.
We are sure there will be many more congratulations around the school when the young artists return from their half term holiday.
In second place was local artist Philip Johnson whose painting of an old Bentley – second photo – was widely admired, as were his four oil portraits of Downton Abbey cast members.
Hundreds of works were submitted for the exhibition and, judging by the many comments, seeing such an array of local talent proved popular.
AudlemOnline's editor would like to thank the one person who voted for his watercolour. He now knows how relieved singers in Eurovision feel when that vital first point comes in!
Many thanks to Christine Johnson – no relation to the Philip above – and her helpers for a great exhibition.
Our photos, by the way, were quick snaps taken on Saturday. If our team of expert photographers, who have been submitting photos to AudlemOnline throughout the weekend, have better shots of the winning works, we will update the images.
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