BUDDING artists can brush up on their painting skills and help to raise funds for charity in the process.
Meldon Park country estate near Morpeth will present a watercolour workshop next week, courtesy of well-known Northumberland artist Gordon Lamb.
And there is a bonus for the artist chosen to have created the best painting of the day, as it will be framed by Meldon Park owners Emily and James Cookson and put on display in their Kitchen Garden Cafe, before being raffled in aid of St Oswald’s Hospice in Gosforth.
Mrs Cookson said: “St Oswald’s is a very important charity in the North East and we have helped it in the past by raising funds at our Christmas Fair.
“We thought hosting a watercolour workshop and raffling the winning painting would be perfect for late spring as people taking part will be able to enjoy the splendour of the gardens and it will hopefully inspire their creativity. By the end of May our rhododendrons are out and will provide a stunning backdrop.
“Our customers have been very supportive of our fund-raising for St Oswald’s in the past as it is a charity close to everyone’s hearts because everyone knows someone who has been affected by life-threatening illnesses.”
The workshop is open to experienced watercolour artists and beginners alike.
Mr Lamb, who ran Gallery Upstairs in Blanchland for 12 years, said: “This is the sort of class that will appeal to retired people, as well as young people, and the beautiful scenery will be really inspiring. By the end of the session, whether your painting has been selected or not, you will have gained from the experience and achieved something to be proud of.”
St Oswald’s Fund-raiser Danielle Neighbour said: “We’re extremely grateful to everyone at Meldon Park for their continued support. The watercolour workshop promises to be a fantastic event and we’re sure everyone will enjoy the day.”
Ideally participants should take their own brushes and paints, but equipment will be available for amateurs to have a go.
The two-hour workshop takes place on Monday, from 10am, and the group is asked to assemble at 9.30am. It costs £15 and places can be booked on 01670 772341, or by email to email@example.com