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Rare finds and bargain art at Oxfam’s church pop-up

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Art lovers will find an eclectic mix of original paintings, prints and mixed media work at a two day exhibition and sale to be held at St Laurence Parish Church in Stroud on May 31st and June 1st. 

All the works in the show have been donated to Oxfam locally. They range from collectable 19th  century prints, through signed limited editions to original paintings by well-known local artists,  ideal for those who have an empty wall space to fill or want a complete room makeover. They  include a landscape of Arlingham by Jane Lampard; a work by Horsley artist Anthony Hodge; a  Venice scene by the renowned water colourist, Cecil Jospé; Clevedon Beach by Freda Preston; and  a set of annotated sketches for the BBC by the award- winning costume designer, Raymond  Hughes. 

Oxfam shop manager Zoey Kennedy explained the reason for staging the pop up fundraiser.  “People are very generous in what they donate to us, but art is sometimes difficult to display in  the shop. The wonderful space at St Laurence Church gives us the chance to show what a  treasure trove we have.” 

The sale will help to raise funds for Oxfam’s vital humanitarian and development  programmes around the world. Last year the charity spent over £250 million on its work to tackle  poverty and inequality and the Stroud shop, one of the biggest in the region, plays a key role in  raising that money. 

“It seems vitally important at a time when so many communities need our help that we make the  most of our donations,’ Zoey added. “‘It seems vitally important at a time when so many communities need our help that we make the  most of our donations,” Zoey added. 

Around 100 prints and paintings will be up for sale at prices ranging from £10 to several  hundreds of pounds. 

The exhibition is free and will be open from 11am-6pm on Friday May 31 and 10am-4pm on  Saturday June 1 at St Laurence Church, The Shambles GL5 1JL. 

For more information contact: oxfamshopf2721@oxfam.org.uk or 01453 750471 

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