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A Rich Harvest

 

Above - Anne Hallam and artist Stephen Collett at the exhibition

Hethersett Parish Church held a weekend of activities to celebrate Harvest Festival and also to raise money for under-privileged children in Tanzania.

Wymondham-based award winning artist Stephen Collett took the opportunity to hold his first ever one man exhibition and at the same time raise funds for the Grassroots Trust's work in Africa. Mr Collett, who only took up painting 10 years ago, gave 50% from the sale of his work to the charity.

On display were over 40 paintings put together in a frenetic six month period by Mr Collett who admits that he is a self taught artist who works astonishingly quickly, often completing up to two works in a single week. The paintings showed a depth of material from aircraft to landscapes and a series of paintings depicting African children and figures. In 2002 Mr Collett was named best new artist of the year in a competition sponsored by the Eastern Daily Press Newspaper

The Grassroots Trust sponsors about 1,700 children in Tanzania - many of whom are either orphans or from poor families. Local supporter Anne Hallam from Wymondham was on hand to explain the Grassroots charity and also to show a video of its work. Fellow supporter Mark Price travelled from the Southampton area to take part in the weekend which included three days of events including a social evening on the Friday, a family craft afternoon on the Saturday and Harvest Festival Services on the Sunday

Money raised at the event will help to provide nutritional meals, school uniforms and many other basics for the youngsters of Tanzania.

 

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