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Sunflowers and Art at Dart's Farm, Topsham

PUBLISHED: 13:33 14 July 2010 | UPDATED: 17:31 20 February 2013

Newton Poppleford Art Society have teamed up with Darts Farm to go bigger and better with their fund-raising efforts, following the tremendous success of their 'Big Picture' in 2008, when they raised more than £750 for Exeter Hospiscare.

Following the tremendous success of their L.S. Lowry-style Big Picture in 2008, when they raised more than 750 for Exeter Hospiscare, Newton Poppleford Art Society are teaming up with Darts Farm this year to go even bigger and better with their fund-raising efforts.


To complement Darts Farms annual sale of pick your own sunflowers in aid of the charity, the Society will produce a giant version of Van Goghs Sunflowers, which will consist of 49 squares and measure some seven feet by six feet. Members of the Society, together with six representatives of Darts Farm, will paint the squares in oils or acrylics. Additionally Justin Leigh of BBC Spotlight will paint a square.


The completed Sunflowers will initially hang at the Societys Annual Exhibition, at Newton Poppleford School, from July 28 to August 4. After that, it will be displayed in pride of place in the Darts Farm food hall where for a 1 entry fee the customers will get the chance to guess which square is the work of the Darts Farm personalities, including the butcher, cider maker, fishmonger, farm shop manager, colour specialist from Fired Earth and even Enid Dart, mother to Paul, Michael and James Dart, who own and run the family business today. There is also a celebrity square, by Justin Leigh. The winners will be drawn from those who correctly guessed the squares and they will be presented by with a prize from the personality themselves. For example the farm shop manager will be giving a Darts Farm hamper and the butcher will be giving a Gerald David BBQ pack.


For the past 5 years Darts Farm has been growing a field full of sunflowers for customers to pick and in return make a donation to Hospiscare. Last year they raised over 1500 (check with Hospiscare) and hope that this years Sunflowers Giant Picture will raise a lot more funds alongside their usual Sunflower Pick Your Own


For their part, the NPAS artists will each donate a minimum of 5 per square, plus any additional sponsorship by individuals and local businesses.


Society Chairman Ray Wilson said: Over the last few years, we have raised money for Hospiscare, whilst at the same time publicising our Exhibition. In 2010,we are delighted to link up with Darts Farm, who in recent years have grown a field of sunflowers for PYO with donations to Hospiscare. To maximise the fund-raising efforts of the NPAS and Darts Farm, we are painting a giant version of Van Goghs Sunflowers.


Justin Leigh after painting his square commented I thoroughly enjoyed painting the square and am delighted to help with such a worthwhile fund-raising activity


In the Newton Poppleford area, five nurses based at Sidmouth Hospiscare visit people in their own homes, supporting patients and their families with free and specialised care.


The Annual Art Exhibition, at Newton Poppleford Primary School will be open from 10.00am to 6.00pm each day from July 28th to August 4th. Since 1996 when the Society was formed, the annual exhibition has gained a reputation for high standards and the Society has also staged successful exhibitions at both the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and Escot House.


The Sunflowers Big Picture will go on display at Darts Farm after the Exhibition.


For further information, please contact Colin Baines on 01404 812630 or email dormie4@btinternet.com.


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