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Mike encourages town's painters to get involved in community project
A KNUTSFORD painter is encouraging amateur artists to cast their paintings under the town’s spotlight.
Mike Tolchard, from Silkmill Street, has teamed up with owners of Cranford Cafe, Sally and Roger Freeman, for a community project with a difference.
Sally and Roger want to further enhance links with Knutsford and are inviting local artists and crafts people to display their works in their establishment.
Mike, who runs art group Painting for Pleasure, got the ball rolling by presenting a painting of the Ruskin Rooms to the cafe and a number of his other paintings are also currently on display – but there is plenty of room for more.
The 69-year-old said: “Knutsford has an emerging cafe culture so it’s a fantastic place to showcase local art.
“It gives local artists an opportunity to let people see what they are capable of doing.
“It’s about exploring different avenues and different ways of opening up opportunities for people who wouldn’t necessarily get them.”
Any sales made of Mike’s works will be forwarded to two charities – Making Space and Lifeshare.
Making Space is a Warrington-based charity devoted to helping schizophrenic and mentally distressed people and Lifeshare, based in Manchester, help the homeless and families in distress.
Although all funds received from Mike’s work will be donated to charity, he stressed that it need not be the case for other artists.
He added: “There are many young artists around today and the money could really help struggling students.
“It’s up to you what you wish to do with it.”
Sally said she expects that the paintings will be a hit with the customers, especially tourists, and that she is looking forward to displaying a diverse collection of paintings in her cafe.
She added: “The town gets a lot of tourists and it would be great if they could take a little bit of Knutsford home with them. The paintings are something from the local area, by the local people, at an affordable price.”
If you are interested in having your work displayed in Cranford Cafe, contact Mike on 07506149097.
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