All hands to the canvas for the great Askrigg Art Expo

Tippy Watson. Photo by Mike Barker.

By Betsy Everett

The first of what may become an annual charity event, the Askrigg Art Expo, is underway as more than 30 residents of the Wensleydale village are invited to put brush to canvas to raise money for Breast Cancer Care.

The theme is “A Local’s View of Yorkshire,” and the resulting works of art will be auctioned for the charity at the White Rose Hotel on Saturday, September 1, at 8.30pm.

Organiser Tippy Watson is hoping for lots of creativity in both content and medium.
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“I am hoping that the artwork will be a mix of paintings, sketches, 3D creations with paper mâché and lots of other ideas, and that everyone’s view of Yorkshire is different.” says Tippy, who will provide everyone with a canvas. 

“They don’t even have to use the canvas as long as their artwork is the same size. I am fully expecting there to be some funny works of art as well as beautiful landscapes. Everyone has been fantastic in getting involved.”

Weather permitting, the artworks will be displayed on the outside wall of the village hall in the days leading up to the event, to give everyone the chance to see the creations and Brian Carlisle of J.R Hopper’s has offered his services as auctioneer for the evening.

 Said Tippy: “Artists will range from our own Askrigg professionals, to volunteers who have never painted in their lives before, to local schoolchildren, and every penny raised on the night will go to Breast Cancer Care.”

Paints, brushes and materials will be available to borrow from the Askrigg Foundation’s temporary shop in Market Place, open Wednesday to Saturday from 10am to 3pm.

The event is part of a campaign by Tippy to raise £50,000 for the charity that has supported her and many others through treatment. Follow her on Facebook @Dales Events for news of this and other future events.