Art is the star as annual Caistor Festival event makes a return

The idea of changing the walls of the lounge by finding a new picture drew people from far and wide to the Caistor Art Festival over last weekend.

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For this year’s event, the 50 art display boards were spread out in the main room of the town hall, allowing for social distancing, but the move also gave visitors a better view of the artwork on display and also showed the art off in a well-lit setting.

Ailsa Wish, chair of the event committee, was delighted with how the weekend had gone.

She said: “What a marvellous social buzz – the sound of the musicians and gentle conversations in front of the art works; seeing people in earnest discussion over which purchase to make and our chance for a catch up in the sunshine with pals, while enjoying coffee and cake.”

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An added attraction to this year’s event was the opportunity for art-lovers to get some inspiration.

Three of the artists –Mags Bradley, Irene Cordery and Ailsa Wish – shared tips and trade secrets of watercolour, acrylic, oil paint and charcoal.

Close ups of the artist at work were projected onto a big screen to take away the sense of mystery and enable people to take the plunge.

There was also the opportunity to ask questions you can’t ask an internet clip.

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Ailsa added: “It took a small army of 30 volunteers to present this year’s art festival and it was wonderful to be back.”

• For anyone who missed the usual craft aspect of the festival, it won’t be too long before Caistor & District Lions will be back with the always very popular Victorian Craft Market.

This is planned to take place on Sunday, November 21 in the town hall.

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