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Contemporary Craven Christmas is an annual selling exhibition showcasing Craven's professional artists and makers, based at Craven Museum & Gallery in Skipton's Town Hall. This year it runs from 17 October to 22 December and entrance is free.
For 2012 there are a number of new exhibitors, including photographers Mark Butler from Skipton and Gary Fitch from Settle. Work by Pip Seymour and Rebecca Wallace-Jones, based in Horton in Ribblesdale will be included for the first time - and so will drawings by Gerry Davies from Ingleton. Paintings by Alison Woods of Grassington, and ceramics by Michelle Freemantle who works in Rylestone also make their first appearance. Many well established artists continue to exhibit at the Contemporary Craven Christmas exhibition and ceramics by Judith Davies of Ingleton are once again on show.
Three guest artists have been invited from outside of the district to bring additional art forms into the show - these are Charlotte Morrison, an up and coming ceramicist from Masham; the well-established Gillies Jones glass makers from the North Yorks moors, and basketry from artist Tim Johnson, normally based in the Isle of Wight but currently in Spain.
Craven Museum & Gallery runs the Own Art scheme, so anyone spending more than £100 on art work can spread the cost over 10 months, interest free. Councillor Ken Hart said "Craven District Council runs the event to promote the work of Craven's professional artists and makers, and to stimulate the local economy, as money spent on purchases in the gallery will most likely go to local people and be spent locally".
One other treat in store is the raffle of a beautiful paper cut by artist Julene Harrison, especially commissioned for the exhibition. Tickets are £1 each and all proceeds go to The Friends of the Craven Museum for future museum events.
Craven District Council
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Telephone: 01756 700 600
Fax: 01756 700 657