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And the sun shone for the Little Longstone Great Art Competition

We were all so surprised to be greeted on Sunday 21st of April with sunbeams and warmth. There had been such a lot of organisation poured into making Little Longstone Great Art Competition a success we just needed the weather to be kind, and it was.

We were raising funds for our chapel roof and Melissa Speed, a pastel artist living locally, came up with the idea of a competition where the chapel had to be the primary aspect of the piece of work and the piece had to be created on the day. The catagories were professional, amateur and children and prizes were kindly donated from Hobbs Cafe, Loxleys and Richard Whittlestone Wildlife Gallery.

Fifteen people entered and set up around the Chapel to create a piece of art using whatever medium they wanted. We even had an enquiry about whether a ceramic piece was allowed, we said yes, as long as it included the chapel and was made on the day. It was so inspiring to see artists dotted round the chapel, most of them with easels, they attracted a lot of interest from the walkers passing by. We had donations from visitors too which was unexpected and very much appreciated.

We served home made cakes and refreshments in the garden at Outrake House and because of the weather visitors were able to sit outside and enjoy the garden and the view.

The artworks were judged at the end of the day by Melissa Speed, Jeff Perks, Richard Whittlestone and Jill Glossop.

There was also a different judging panel for the juniors to allow judges’ children to compete.

The day raised £220, we all had a fun day and hope to repeat the competition next year.

The winners’ pieces are being framed and will be hanging in Hobbs cafe for a month. Most of the pictures are being auctioned in a silent auction to raise further funds, details of this to follow.


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