PRODUCED by a selection of the most imaginative and skilful artists of our lively North Devon creative community, both professional and amateur, the sheer variety of work provides something of interest to engage all tastes.
It's always delightful to view the masterful rural scenes painted by Tony Williams and Colin Allbrook's evocative Mediterranean village views. Laura Hudson's inventive depiction of Winter Mountains incorporates unexpected colour harmonies in a fascinating landscape composition. Mark Rochester's On Trentishoe employs expressive brushwork to evoke breathtaking coastal scenery.
Distinctive cliff patterns and coastal crags are pictured in the bold woodcut prints by Merlyn Chesterman and Judith Westcott. More pensive is a delightfully lyrical Walking Barefoot by Julie Souch. Harbour scenes attract artists and creative diversity is seen in an atmospheric Bideford Quay by Michael Lawes and Rod Nelson's lively woodblock composition Gulluk Quay.
Attractive sculpture and ceramic work is more prominent this year. R M Fursdon's stone carving Anima is a finely worked head of a muse with intricately patterned hair. Nearby is an eye-catching vase with gorgeous glaze, Allium, by Jacqueline Leighton Boyce.
Of course many artists use photographs as an aid to painting and Robin Wiggins takes the process a stage further. Drawing on the visual appearance of photography, but created in paint, his watercolour Tarr Steps sparkles.
Marianne Edwards' Pinkery Path shows what magic can be made with pastel. Hilary Paynter's superb wood engraving The Clearances sets the plight of banished crofters, seen fleeing from a noble mountain landscape. Mary Chugg's painting Broken Eggs has a touch of pathos.
Carol Rhodes' exquisite charcoal drawing Bull, is awarded the Ken Doughty commemorative prize for excellence.
The exhibition is at the Burton Art Gallery and Museum, Bideford until August 30. Opening hours: 10am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm Saturday, 11am to 4pm Sunday.