Over the weekend of the 8th and 9th of September, the St Cuthbert’s Church art exhibition was a great even which really helped to show of the talent of the numerous local artists ranging from fully fledged professionals to enthusiastic amateurs. Originally started as a way the church congregation could share their art, the event has gone from strength to strength. This year, the church hall was packed with submissions from a huge range of local artists to the point where many pieces were being turned away.
The range of local art stemmed from pencil drawings to photography and highlighted the wide combination of artistic styles which are performed in our area. Some of the more elaborate artwork which was on show came from Ebchester resident Jean Watson and her ornate clippy mats. With delicate images of High Force stitched into the work, you wouldn’t even think of putting these mats on the floor! The youngest contributor at the show was 18 year old Jack Parker who’s photography pieces gave inventive and unique views of many beautiful locations in the local area.
It wasn’t all about the art as a dedicated members of the Church were on hand to provide an amazing array of cakes, scones, tea, coffee and sandwiches for the art fans in attendance. A lot of work went on behind the scenes to make sure the event happened with Lew and the team working through Friday to ensure everything was ready and prepared for the weekend. There was a great atmosphere at the event as members of the church and members of the public took the opportunity to find out more about the local arts scene.