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Methlick online art showcase will raise funds for church


By Kyle Ritchie

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A popular fundraiser for Methlick Parish Church has adapted to the current restrictions and has went live online.

The art fair showcases the talents of local artists and others from further afield.

It will also raise much-needed money for the church, which has seen its fundraising events for this year wiped out by the coronavirus pandemic.

Methlick Parish Church minister Reverend Dr Will Stalder with some of the art that features in the online auction.
Methlick Parish Church minister Reverend Dr Will Stalder with some of the art that features in the online auction.

The online fair has a variety of items that can be bid on including paintings, ceramics, jewellery and stained glass.

The church's minister Reverend Dr Will Stalder said: "We started the fair in 2016 and initially it was postcard art.

"It proved popular with the community and since then we have held it every two years.

"It usually takes place in the church but the Covid-19 restrictions meant we had to move it online this year.

"We are very grateful to Thomas Smalley, who is from Methlick. He has set up the web page and put the artwork online.

"The money raised from the event will go back into the church and it will provide a great boost especially during these difficult times.

"Churches, charities and other organisations are all struggling. We hope the community will be able to support us."

The online auction can be found at www.jumblebee.co.uk/MethlickChurchAuction and is open for bidding until Sunday at 3pm.

It features artists from the local area, including Angela Boughey, Jane McMillan and Angela Cowan.

It also has work from the wider north-east and even as far as the Isle of Wight.

Rev Stalder added: "The quality is great and rather just postcard size like at past events, the artworks are a range of sizes."

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