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Thursday, 28 August 2014

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Successful start for prom festival

ARTISTS and craft-makers have praised organisers for another successful start to a festival.

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POPULAR EVENT: Crowds watch an artist at work during the Prom Art event in Grange

The seventh annual Prom Art, which sees 80 arts and crafts stalls line-up along Grange’s Edwardian promenade on the last Sunday of every month, got off to a flying start last month.

Exhibitors from across South Cumbria and the UK flocked to showcase and sell their work in the picturesque settings at the event, which attracted around 2,000 visitors during its first week.

And organisers are hoping for bigger crowds for May’s Prom Art.

Roy Watson, 79, a Grange-based artist who has exhibited at Prom Art since it began in 2004, said: “I always make sure I am working on something when I am there. It gives people the opportunity to see me working and I think it is good, it can be entertaining.

“The festival attracts a lot of people down on to the prom and to Grange as a whole. I am not involved with the organising of it, artists aren’t particularly good at organising things, but I do value the time that we spend there. It’s very good to make contact with people.”

Zena Herbert, who owns Sea of Dreams shop in Morecambe, has had a stall selling hats and handmade jewellery at the festival for three years.

She said: “It is very well organised. There is a great atmosphere and it is very good for the public because there is no pressure on them.

“It’s a different way of selling. When people come into my shop it’s usually for a specific purpose, but at Prom Art you can wander up and down and the display is different. You get direct feedback.”

The next Prom Art takes place on Sunday May 29. For more information, visit the website www.promart.info.


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