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On a lovely Shetland evening people gathered at Shetland Arts Bonhoga Gallery for the opeinng of the Shetland Open Arts Exhibition 2009. The work on show was very interesting in media used and subject matter chosen.

'The work in this year's show is very eclectic and the judges had a difficult job making their choices' said Mary Smith, Curator. She continued, ' It is so good to see so many entries and I am looking forward to working with the prize winners to develop the next Open Quintet show in the spring of 2010.'

The prize for best craft exhibit, presented by Shetland Arts & Crafts went to Ruth Fisher for her 'Shag'. Millgaet Media's photography prize was awarded to Dave Donaldson for 'Landlocked', while Hilary Seatter won John Goudies's prize for best print. Peter Biehl's fine drawing of ponies received the Vaila Fine Arts prize for best painting and drawing. The best newcomer award went to Ross Fulton for his painting 'Pallets'. The prize winners will take part in a joint exhibition in 2010.

The Open is on show at Bonhoga Gallery until 4 October. The gallery is open Tuesday - Saturday 10.30 am to 4.30 pm and on Sunday from 12 noon - 4.30 pm.

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