Arts weekend raises funds

Art weekend at St John's Church, Rastrick. Rev Matthew Pollard admiring Matthew Evans' demonstration painting of Ibiza
Art weekend at St John's Church, Rastrick. Rev Matthew Pollard admiring Matthew Evans' demonstration painting of Ibiza

DELIGHTED organisers of a successful arts weekend are already planning next year’s event, which they hope will have a musical twist.

The open arts exhibition and sale of artists work, held at St John’s Church, Rastrick, had a steady stream of visitors throughout the event.

Following in the footsteps of Rolf Harris, Brighouse artist Matthew Evans started with a blank canvas and gradually built up a picture of a beach scene from Ibiza, while at the same time entertaining the audience with some lively chatter.

Running alongside Matthew’s demonstration, Carole Paget produced a magnificent floral display for the altar.

There was an open arts workshop, when a number of local crafts people were able to display their talent and explain to the public how it is done. At the same time there was an exhibition in the church of nearly 100 works by over 30 local artists, many of which were for sale.

Mr Evans said he was very pleased with how it had all gone. “Public relations wise it has been good because it has brought people into the beautiful church and also enabled them to see the work of these local artists. Furthermore it has been well received by the artists themselves, some of whom made sales from the weekend. People who have visited the exhibition have also said how much they have enjoyed it as well,” said Matthew.

“We are going to do it again as we have done this time, we shall again have painting in the church, but next year we are considering running it in conjunction with a musical concert.”

Figures are not yet available, but several hundred pounds will have been raised for church funds.