Talented artists are hoping to finish with a flourish when they stage their final fundraising exhibition of a busy 2023. The Suffolk Art Society has previously held exhibitions in Lavenham and Long Melford and is now looking forward to its grand finale, in Bury St Edmunds.
This year’s charity partner is East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) and 20% of the net profit will go to the charity, which has three bases, including The Treehouse, in Ipswich.
The free autumn exhibition is being held at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, from this Friday until Saturday week (20th October to 28th October).
“It’s a beautiful venue – everyone is so friendly and hospitable there – and we’re very much looking forward to our final exhibition of the year,” said Suffolk Art Society chairperson Julie Iveson.
“Hopefully we can finish with a real flourish. We’ve been very happy with the amount of sales from our previous two exhibitions, considering the economy and that it’s been a difficult year.
“It’s something we’re very mindful of so while we haven’t sold as many pieces as last year, it’s still been a fantastic success. We sold 83 pieces at Lavenham and another 80 at Long Melford.
“I know the artists have been thrilled and any art shop would give its hind teeth to sell that much work in a fortnight. The figures are strong so we certainly can’t complain.”
The exhibition will feature a real selection of artwork, a diverse mix of styles and a real range of prices. Some of the pieces are framed and others unframed.
“We’re very passionate about supporting our community and thrilled to raise money for such a wonderful cause,” added Julie.
“People have been very generous and even people who haven’t bought artwork have been more than willing to pop some money in our EACH buckets.”
New members are always welcome to join the society. For more information head to www.suffolkartsociety.co.uk
“I’d like to say a very big thank you to everyone who volunteers and works so hard behind the scenes,” said Julie.
“These exhibitions don’t just happen and an awful lot of time, effort and energy goes into bringing them to fruition. People have busy lives and lots of commitments, so I’d like to personally thank them for all their help. We’re so grateful and couldn’t do it without them.”
Visitors have the chance to vote for their favourite painting at each exhibition. Reg Siger was the runaway winner at the summer exhibition and he is pictured holding his brilliant depiction of Kersey village, which will be exhibited at Bury.