Art on the Street decorates town centre

Art on the Street decorates town centre

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Justin Burns

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Art on the Street decorates town centre
Art on the Street

Diverse styles of art brought Maidenhead High Street to life when emerging artists showcased their talents at a community event.

More than 100 sold their works at Art on the Street and were paid a special visit by Maidenhead MP Theresa May on Saturday.

Artists came from across the country and included Kay Lamb, Belinda Dixon and Mrs May's personal trainer Lee Carnaby.

Crowds wandered the stalls which were packed with portraits, prints, landscapes, abstracts, ceramics and photography using various techniques.

Artist Craig Askew travelled from Somerset to sell his coast-inspired paintings and said he does it because it is a 'great event' and he loved the day.

Exhibitor Ruth Sadler, 53, said her art was all about creating 'emotional value' through her brush and included one of guitarist Jimi Hendrix.

Entertainment also included musical performances from bands, while pupils from Claire Court Schools played various instruments and sang.

And Norden Farm Centre for the Arts and event sponsor Claires Court Schools ran fine art, craft, theatre and dance drop-in sessions for all ages.

Shoppers also had the chance to pose for a photo in a giant frame for the chance to win £250.

Co-Director Marie-Anne Leonard, said the event continues to go from strength-to-strength and she now has contact with hundreds interested in taking part.

She said: "There has been a fun atmosphere. It is all positive. Maidenhead artistic community is gigantic and all sorts of artists are taking part in this now."

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