Visit an art exhibition in a Horbury home during town’s craft and street fair

Christine Freeman, is hosting an exhibition of her art work in the front room. (w621c323)
Christine Freeman, is hosting an exhibition of her art work in the front room. (w621c323)
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Bands, puppets and crafts will be some of the highlights of this year’s Horbury Craft and Street Fair.

Organisers say the popular event on Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16, has something for everyone with music from a whole host of bands, including Midlife Crisis and Watershed as well as performances by Horbury Academy’s Rock Choir and the Horbury Victoria Band.

Christine Freeman, is hosting an exhibition of her art work in the front room . (w621a323)

Christine Freeman, is hosting an exhibition of her art work in the front room . (w621a323)

There will also be more than 60 stalls selling crafts, gifts and tasty treats and plenty for children to do with puppet shows, a craft area, rides and games.

Julie Yarrow is one of the organisers of the event. She said: “It’s a really great family event, which caters for all ages and is definitely worth a visit. The range of goods on offer this year is fabulous, with stallholders coming from far and wide.

“We’re keeping everything crossed that the weather will be as nice as it has been, but it’s certainly going to be another memorable fair.”

Each non profit-making fair helps pay for the next one.

Local artist Christine Freeman plans to open her home as an art gallery as part of the weekend events.

The 59-year-old will be inviting people into her front room to see an exhibition of her watercolours, an educational children’s book she has written about the adventures of ‘the people watchers’ and a large adult dolls house that has taken her six months to craft.

The retired foster carer took up painting as a hobby during her recovery from an illness two years ago, encouraged by family and friends, who bought her the creative tools she needed.

She attended a photographic course at Art House Wakefield where she found a leaflet about national art agency, Outside In.

The charity helps artists who find it difficult to access the art world, as a result of mental health issues, disability, health or social circumstances.

She said: “Once I started painting, I couldn’t stop.

“I absolutely love it, but it can be quite hard if you can’t access the mainstream art world to be able to publicise your work. I want to let people know that there are ways to do so.

“Outside In have also enabled me to exhibit my work on their website, so I want to make the agency more known to aspiring artists.”

To see the exhibition visit 39 High Street, Horbury.

Some of her paintings can also be found at www.outsidein.org.uk

The street fair starts at 9am until 5pm on Saturday, June 15, and 10am until 4pm on Sunday June 16.