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Council Christmas card design winner chosen

SLDC Chairman, Councillor Eric Morrell and winning artist, Brenda Craven, with her painting

A stunning painting of Grange-over-Sands’ bandstand has won a Christmas card design competition organised by South Lakeland District Council (SLDC).

The snow-covered scene, painted by Brenda Craven from Ulverston, was picked by SLDC’s Chairman, Councillor Eric Morrell, to become the design for his official 2018 council Christmas card.

The competition was open to members of Grange & District Art Society and follows a similar initiative run last year, which involved pupils from Grange C of E Primary School

The winning artwork painted by Brenda Craven, a winter scene of Grange bandstand

Cllr Morrell said: “Following the success of last year’s competition, this time around I wanted to get the local community involved in creating a Christmas card for me.

“Brenda’s painting really captures the essence of Christmas and has such fantastic detail, when I first saw the entries it was the one which really stood out.

“Overall the quality of the paintings was exceptional, I’d happily take several of them home to place above my mantelpiece.”

Cllr Morrell expects to send out around 200 of his official, signed SLDC Christmas cards.

Brenda’s prize for winning the competition is to have the painting framed, 20 cards for her own use and a Youdells Art Shop voucher.

Cllr Morrell added: “I would like to thank the art society and congratulate everyone who took part in the competition. I know people who receive my cards over the coming weeks will be absolutely thrilled.”

Grange & District Art Society meet every Thursday at Allithwaite Community Hall from 2pm to 4pm, and are welcoming new members.

The entries from Grange Art Club

John Furniss-Wright, Secretary of Grange & District Art Society, said: “If you have an interest in art, we would love you to join the society.

“We currently have a group of mixed ability artists from in and around the South Lakes and Morecambe Bay areas.

“Everyone is welcome, from outright beginners through to professional artists. To get involved all you need is an interest in art.”

If you are interested in joining Grange & District Art Society, visit the group’s website for more information: www.grangeart.co.uk.

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