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Rotherham Open Arts Competition winner, Rachel Lewis, with the Mayor and Mayoress of Rotherham, Cllr. John and Kath Foden.

Rotherham Open Arts Competition winner, Rachel Lewis, with the Mayor and Mayoress of Rotherham, Cllr. John and Kath Foden.

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Painter Rachel Lewis beat dozens of entrants to be crowned winner of the 2013 Rotherham Open Art competition.

After much deliberation and debate, judges were blown away by Rachel’s atmospheric watercolour piece, Honey Jars, and decided her work was the best of a fantastic collection.

Rachel, aged 45, from Rotherham, said: “I am incredibly thrilled, excited and honoured - it was completely unexpected.”

Rachel has now been offered the chance to exhibit her work on the walls in the reception and café of Riverside House.

Cabinet member for Culture and Tourism Coun Amy Rushforth said: “Congratulations to Rachel and all the other artists who have their fantastic works of art on display during the competition.

“The Rotherham Open Art Competition is fast becoming one of the cultural cornerstones of our town.”

Signed prints are now on show and are available for sale from the library at Riverside House, Main Street, Rotherham.

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