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New visitors support latest Design event

Helen Clarke, Lindsay Philipson, Natalie Spencer, Sarah Nixon, Sally Gorton with Leon and Jenny Rossall, and (below) Sarah with the winning painting.

Helen Clarke, Lindsay Philipson, Natalie Spencer, Sarah Nixon, Sally Gorton with Leon and Jenny Rossall, and (below) Sarah with the winning painting.

Longridge’s Design Platform collective hosted another successful artisan market at the Old Station when many new visitors joined regular customers for the day.

A wide range of quality art products at the January Sale event tempted shoppers, and members of the team also previewed new products and ideas for 2014.

A children’s art competition proved very popular, resulting in stunning and inventive entries from youngsters aged three to 12. Entries were judged by Longridge artist, Sarah Hicks, who was so delighted by the standard of work that she decided to place three entries as overall winners.

First with her distinctive picture of ballerinas on a stage was six year old Molly Carpenter.

“Molly spent ages getting every detail right on her picture,” says Sarah.

“The four dancers are her friends and she worked hard to get the hair, eyes and dresses just the same as theirs. I also loved the creative way she had represented the curtains at each side of the stage.

“The whole picture is so cheerful, it brought a smile to everyone’s face.”

Second was eight-year old Zach Trenchard, with his drawing of a bear, and third was nine-year old Ben Worthington’s Football Crazy picture, complete with moveable football.

All the young competition entrants – not just the winners – are invited to return to the Old Station for the Design Platform’s next artisan market on February 8, at which they will be rewarded with a certificate and prize.

February’s event will be themed for ‘art lovers.’ It will include ideas, products and activities to help visitors find – or make – that perfect gift for Valentine’s or Mother’s Day. Sarah will be putting on a drop-in creative workshop for all ages - ‘I Heart You’- at which people can create their own unique token of affection for someone special.

 

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