A bite-sized view of one of Cornwall’s most iconic locations is set to grace the front of countless bottles of a new range of cider after the largest producer in the county revealed the winner of its popular art competition.
Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm launched a search to find the most stunning artistic rendition of the county’s famous landmarks recently with more than 40 local amateur artists submitting their creations.
The entries were whittled down to a top 10 with over 1200 members of the public voting for their favourite piece on the Healeys website, at the Cyder Farm’s visitor centre and also through magazine Cornwall Today.
Winner Rachael Lloyd Philips from Camborne stood out thanks to her rendition of St Michael’s Mount, West Cornwall. The piece, showing a silhouette of the famous landmark, also captures rows of brightly coloured sail boats bobbing in the waters around Mounts Bay with beach-going sightseers looking on.
Along with the prize money of £500.00, and seeing her painting on the labels of the new ‘Limited Edition’ Healeys range, Rachael’s work will be on permanent display at the Cyder Farm.
Rachael Lloyd Philips, who was a student at Falmouth College of Art and now runs her own driving school, said: “Thank you to everyone who voted for my painting, it’s quite overwhelming to have received so much support. The response has inspired me to try to push my paintings further in the very competitive world of fine art. I am really looking forward to seeing my work alongside some of Cornwall’s most respected professional artists on the new bottle range and you never know who might see it or what doors might open, so I feel really lucky to have the opportunity to find out. I have already been commissioned to do two paintings thanks to this competition which is a very exciting start.”
Kay Healey from Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm, said: “We were so pleased with the response to the competition, there are so many talented artists out there who are so inspired by our beautiful county that they have created these amazing works of art. Each of the final 10 entries were stunning but we are pleased that Rachel has won and can’t wait to see her work of art on our bottles.”
Kay added that the quality of entries was so high that Healey’s has decided to award a £250.00 prize for 2nd place, therefore introducing an additional premium Cyder to add to the range, allowing them to showcase two paintings instead of one.
Kay added: “Winter Wave by Katherine Bruce was voted into second place. We know it will make a perfect addition to our new Limited Edition range of cyders.”
The artworks will now be immortalised on Healeys bottles, as part of a collection of limited edition works by Cornish artists. Four professional artists from the county have also created paintings especially for the new labels, which will now adorn bottles in the premium barrel-matured cyder range.
The four professional artists already selected for the project are Melanie McDonald, Glyn Macey, Richard Pearce and Paul Lewin. Each has created a painting that is close to the Healey family heart.
Kay added: “Each of these pieces of art highlight some of our favourite features of this beautiful county and we are proud to share them with cider lovers across the country.
“Glyn Macey’s Carrick Roads showcases where we do much of our sailing, Richard Pearce’s Puffin Island to Samson and St Agnes depicts the Healey’s favourite anchorage on the Isles of Scilly, Melanie McDonald’s Walking on Perran captures Perranporth beach where the younger Healeys walk with their dogs and where generations of the family have lived. And Paul Lewin’s Gurnards Head shows the spot to rest up whilst driving Healey cars on our favourite coast road.”
The winning artworks will now be made into labels for the premium cyder range and will be on sale soon.
To find out more about Healeys, which also produces a range of award winning ciders, wines, spirits and preserves, visit www.healeyscyder.co.uk or follow @HealeysCyder.
Image: L-R – Rachael receives a cheque from Kay Healey at the Healeys Cyder Farm visitor centre.