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Dina wins Open Arts again

A Spalding artist with a penchant for painting farm animals has won the public vote at this year's South Holland Open Arts contest - for the second time.

Open Arts 2016 winner

Dina Perejogina's painting 'Head Strong' which depicts a striking brown Bull captured the admiration of visitors to the exhibition which took place at the South Holland Centre earlier this month.

Dina becomes the first artist to win the coveted public vote trophy twice - back in 2014 she triumphed with her painting of three brown piglets peering over a fence.

Dina said: "I love painting animals and in England you have so many amazing animals but not many people have paintings of them.

"These animals get taken for granted artistically, but to me they are beautiful and I want more people to love them as much as more exotic animals.

"I am very grateful to everyone who voted for me - it's lovely to know that people are enjoying my work."

Cllr Gary Taylor, South Holland District Council's portfolio holder for arts development, said: "Dina's painting is very striking and grabs your attention, so I can see why many people voted for it.

"This year's exhibition once again featured high quality artwork so I would like to thank everyone who took the time to enter."

The winner of the competition's Best Newcomer award was Wendy Jones Dabrowska for her painting 'Room With a View', while the Best Photography prize went to Alison Loakes for 'Ketton Quarry'.

This year's exhibition took place in the Function Hall at the South Holland Centre in Market Place, Spalding, from March 3 - 10.

Open Arts, which has been running annually since 1999, aims to showcase the best work by professional and amateur artists from across the region.

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