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Local gallery invites community to celebrate all things Stratford

L-R: Ian Weatherby-Blythe, group managing director of Castle Fine Art and Washington Green and artist Lawrence Coulson

Local gallery, Castle Fine Art, will host an event next month to celebrate all things Stratford, marking 23 years since it first launched in the town.

The free event will take place on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th March at the gallery on Wood Street.

Activities will include a charity raffle draw, with a signed, limited edition print from leading fine art publisher, Washington Green, among prizes to be won. All proceeds will be donated to The Shakespeare Hospice.

Local art fans will also have the chance to take an exclusive look at new artwork never seen in the gallery before, and acclaimed artist, Lawrence Coulson, will paint a Stratford river scene live in the gallery over the duration of the weekend.

Live music will be provided between 12pm and 3pm on both days, with Stratford musicians Sweet Sugar Duo performing on Saturday, and Guy Nicholas Challenger taking to the stage on Sunday. Huffkins will keep hunger at bay with fresh, locally handmade canapes.

Castle Fine Art, which today boasts a network of 36 galleries nationwide, opened its very first gallery on Wood Street in 1995 under the name of Castle Galleries. Having later relocated to Bards Walk, the gallery recently moved back to its original site following the closure of the shopping arcade, unveiling a larger, state-of-the-art outlet with the new Castle Fine Art name.

Jason Lawson, who has managed Castle Fine Art, Stratford, since it was first established, said: “Castle Fine Art has gone from strength to strength since launching, but Stratford is where we opened the very first gallery and will always be our home.

“With the opening of our brand new site back where it all began on Wood Street, we wanted to host an event celebrating Stratford to thank the local community for supporting us throughout the years.

“With local music and food and even live painting, it’s set to be a fantastic event, and we can’t wait to welcome visitors to the gallery to join in the celebrations.”