Art at the Abbey once more

PUBLISHED: 11:45 19 July 2013 | UPDATED: 11:45 19 July 2013

The South Devon Railway by renowned Devon artist John Hiscocks, generously donated as a raffle prize

The South Devon Railway by renowned Devon artist John Hiscocks, generously donated as a raffle prize


A charity art exhibition is back for its fourteenth year

The Rotary Club of Ashburton/Buckfastleigh will get its fourteenth annual Charity Art Exhibition underway from 1 August and is looking forward to greeting thousands of holiday visitors.

Once again the Abbot and Community of Buckfast Abbey have graciously provided the Guest Hall

at the Abbey for this event which will run from Thursday, 1 August to Monday, 12 August.

Ninety local artists will be displaying over 300 works of art which will also include some photography.

The Exhibition is free to all visitors but the club is this year raising funds for the following charities:

Combat Stress - helping military veterans to cope with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; Excellent (Sand Dams) which provide an effective way for farmers and communities in Kenya to conserve water supplies; Rowcroft Hospice which is the local Hospice for the care of those with serious or terminal health conditions;

Shelterbox – the charity providing emergency shelter and equipment to disaster areas around the globe.

The funds will be raised by hanging fees, commission on pictures sold and commission on sales of numerous prints and greetings cards on sale.

Once again, there will be a raffle to win an original painting, which this year has been generously donated by renowned Devon artist John Hiscocks. This is a large (29”x25”) acrylic on canvas work entitled The South Devon Railway at Buckfastleigh which John has based on sketches and photographs taken by him in April this year.

Exhibition organiser Rotarian Ken Green comments: “Thanks to John, we hope this will provide the lucky winner with happy memories, perhaps of a holiday, spent visiting this lovely area. Each year

we guarantee to hand-deliver the painting anywhere in the country after the exhibition ends”.

The Exhibition is open daily from 10am to 4.30pm (Sundays 11.30am to 4pm).

Club President Philip Vogel says: “We are most grateful to the Abbot and Community of Buckfast Abbey for, once again, so generously allowing us to hold this annual fundraising event in the

beautiful Medieval Guest Hall. Without their support we simply couldn’t raise the funds for our

chosen charities each year.”

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