Young artists to star in village festival

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Young artists will be in the picture at Boston Spa next weekend.

The eighth Boston Spa Art and Crafts Festival, to take place on Friday October 14 from 10am-5pm and Saturday October 15 (10am-4pm) will promote the work of new artists.

“One of the prime purposes is to encourage and support young artists,” said spokesman Fred Davies.

“A Bursary Fund has been set up and this year’s award goes to Polly Morris, a very talented young artist who exhibited two years ago.

“Polly had to delay the start of her degree course at Edinburgh University by a year because of a serious illness from which she has recovered.

“The committee are very pleased to award her this year’s bursary and wish her every success as she pursues her artistic career at university.”

Two other young artists exhibiting this year are Aimee Smith from near Castleford and Lauren Green from Copmanthorpe.

New exhibitors include Peter Whiteley, a sculptor from Wetherby and Gareth Barker who makes wooden tables.

This year’s Artist in Residence is to be Catherine Woodhouse.

“Last year the event attracted over a thousand visitors and it has become a highlight of the Boston Spa calendar,” said Fred.

“A substantial amount is raised for the Village Hall Maintenance and Improvement Fund each year, which has helped greatly in making it a very attractive venue.”

Refreshments will be on sale throughout the Festival. Admission is through buying a programme.

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