Buckingham’s first wildflower art contest has been a great success, with a truly wonderful variety of flowers chosen for the entries.
Local artist, Fiona Hancock took on the role of judge after creating watercolour illustrations for Buckingham wildflower information boards (now on display in Bourton Park.)
Selecting winners was a tough task. Fiona told us that “The variety and quality of the work submitted was outstanding. It was difficult to choose winners but the ones chosen reflect the wildflower theme and high level of art entered. All entries clearly enjoyed creating their pieces and it was a pleasure to view them all.”
The adult winners were:
- Carmen Carreira, with a watercolour of Buckinghamshire and Chiltern Gentian
- Laura Bentley with a freehand machine embroidery and appliqué Moon [Ox-eye] Daisy.
- Highly commended was Amy Godfrey with a bold and colourful digital art wildflower posey with cow parsley at its centre.
Carmen’s detailed painting will be printed on the cover of the Summer 2021 edition of Buckingham Town Matters. Laura told us “I am really overwhelmed to be one of the ones chosen. I love where we live and this is nice way to celebrate it.”
Entries from young people were judged separately, and a fantastic selection of entries were received. The winners were:
- Evie Hurman-Ball and Renata Kapinos, both from The Buckingham School with water colour entries. Evelyn’s piece focused on a bee landing on a flower, while Renata chose to paint a small poser of wildflowers including grasses.
- Highly Commended was Amelie King (The Buckingham School) for her expressive watercolour of poppies and Akanksha Bathula (Royal Latin School) who drew a detailed study of lupins.
All the winning entries received Green Buckingham water bottles, donated by Buckinghamshire Recycles to support projects that encourage recycling and the protection of local green spaces.
Plans are in motion to create a display of the winning entries in Buckingham at the Old Goal Museum and Tourist Information Centre.