A special display of the current work of artists whose exhibits have been voted the most popular by visitors to Mold Parish Church’s annual Virgin Art exhibition will be a feature at this year’s event in May. The exhibition and sale was launched in 2009 and following an appeal in the local and regional media in January the organisers have succeeded in tracking down prize-winning artists from the first three years whose contact details had been lost. . This year’s exhibition between Monday, 7th and Saturday, 12th May will be the 10th and the special display will help mark the milestone. Organising committee secretary, Denise Owens, said that seven of the nine artists had agreed to exhibit including one who was no longer painting. “She will be giving us her original prize winning piece. Another artist is no longer in the area while the ninth is in ill health. Overall the response has been very encouraging and the special display area should add interest for other artists as well as visitors.” The first entries have already been received for this year’s exhibition, which is again being organised by a small committee of church members chaired by Mrs. Sheila Wilson. With over 300 paintings and photographs on display in the ancient parish church in each of the last five years, Virgin Art has become one of the largest art events in the region. Last year it was supported by 83 professional, semi-professional and amateur artists and photographers mainly from North Wales, Cheshire and Shropshire. Their 315 exhibits, displayed in the church’s side aisles and Lady Chapel, included the work of 23 artists exhibiting for the first time. All the exhibits are for sale to members of the public, with a percentage of the proceeds going to church funds. To date nearly £30,000 has been raised. The closing date for entries is Monday, 16th April and full details are on the Virgin Art website.
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