A six week art and craft exhibition in the former Budgens supermarket has been declared a huge success. The showcase of art, photography and crafts by local artistes was opened by Crewkerne artist David Brackston on Monday July 10th. Doors closed on the exhibition on Friday August 18th, after six weeks of trading with estimated sales in the region of £10,000. Art work on sale ranged from £5 to £500 while crafts that were available to purchase ranged from £1 to £300.
The arts and crafts event was managed locally by Pam Glazier. Pam said: “This event open for just six weeks excelled all expectations, with a price range to suit everyone’s pocket. No-one could have predicted what a huge success it would be. There was a fantastic selection of quality crafts, beautiful photographs, amazing needlework and exceptional art work which made it so popular and all but 15 per cent came from Crewkerne and the surrounding villages.
“Without doubt, this event promoted Crewkerne. We lost count of the number of shoppers who asked if it could stay. Sadly, the answer was no. Everyone agreed that this is what Crewkerne needs, somewhere that these talents could be exhibited. My thanks to a very small but loyal band of voluntary helpers. It really couldn’t have happened without them.” The six week event raised £431.35 for the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance.
The former Budgens store was leased by Moderna Art. Moderna Art is a company that supports and showcases both new and established contemporary artists and photographers. The company, whose head office is in Bristol, operates at empty premises across the UK, although the Crewkerne exhibition is the only one so far, that has been held in the South West of England.