Talented artists have work put on display at festival

Speciel Art Weekend at St John's Church, Rastrick'Mary and Geoff Beaumont look at work by Jean Lisle (right).
Speciel Art Weekend at St John's Church, Rastrick'Mary and Geoff Beaumont look at work by Jean Lisle (right).

Talented local artists and musicians combined at the weekend to produce a highly successful arts festival, which attracted a steady stream of visitors.

The weekend festival and sale of works was held at St John’s Church, Rastrick, and among the many highlights was a demonstration on Friday evening by well known local artist, Matthew Evans.

Speciel Art Weekend at St John's Church, Rastrick'Organisers Graham Readshaw and Barbara Rukin in the art exhibition.

Speciel Art Weekend at St John's Church, Rastrick'Organisers Graham Readshaw and Barbara Rukin in the art exhibition.

He delighted his audience with some spectacular artwork. He started with a blank canvas and gradually built up an amazing picture until he had finished the work, in pastel and on glass paper, which he entitled “Oban Sunset.” It was later used as the main prize in a raffle.

This was followed on Saturday with a craft workshop and sale when local craftspeople displayed their skills at quilting, jewellery making, wood burning, painting and card making in the community hall.

Refreshments were available all day, including a tasty lunch and in addition there was also what the organisers described as a “posh tea.”

At the same time there was an exhibition in the church of over 60 works by local artists, many of which were for sale.

Deputy church warden, Graham Readshaw, described the event as highly successful and said Friday evening’s demonstration by Matthew had been particularly entertaining.

“He had encouraged his audience not only to watch him create his picture but also to take time out to study the works by local artists which were on display and then return to see how his work was progressing. I think that worked particularly well,” said Graham.

He added the standard of work by the local artists was extremely high and also very interesting.

On Saturday evening the event took on a distinctive musical flavour, thanks to the talented members of Paddock Orchestra who entertained a packed church with a varied and lively programme of light classical music to suit all tastes.

The soprano soloists, Sally Leeming and Suzanne Longley, delighted the audience with their selection of songs, particularly the duet from Lakme (The Flower Duet,) and the orchestra, under conductor Barbara Bancroft and leader Christine Hoare, played the popular Knightsbridge March as well as a selection of other well known pieces.

These included The Hebrides by Mendelssohn, Walton’s Crown Imperial, the overture to Iolan the and the popular Fantasia on British Sea Songs, including “Rule Britannia,” and had the audience waving Union flags.

Afterwards Matthew Evans said overall he thought the whole event had gone very well and had enabled the public to see the work of talented local artists.