‘Buzzing atmosphere’ at art exhibition which raises £15,000

Chilterns MS Centre Art Exhibition 2015
Chilterns MS Centre Art Exhibition 2015
  • Exhibition raises significant chunk of centre’s £750,000 annual running costs
  • Sculptures, textiles, ceramic and photography on offer
  • Artists say there was a ‘buzzing atmosphere’
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A two-day art exhibition has raised £15,000 for a treatment centre that supports multiple sclerosis sufferers.

The Chilterns MS Centre in Halton was transformed from an MS treatment and therapy hub to a bustling art gallery this weekend.

Sales soared with almost every artist selling pieces and some receiving further commissions.

Cllr Janet Blake, who is a patron and long term supporter of the charity, opened the preview evening on Friday before the doors opened to the public at 10am on Saturday.

Work sold includes paintings, photography, textiles, ceramics and jewellery and people travelled from across Bucks, the neighbouring counties and London to see the exhibition.

Jane Miller, of Wendover, and twin sister Diane Riddy are both local artists whose work was just some of the art on display.

Ms Miller works with acrylics and ink, while her sister Diane uses watercolours. They said: “It has been a wonderful weekend for both the artists and visitors.

“There has been such a buzzing atmosphere, we really enjoy exhibiting here.

“It’s always a fantastic event made even more special by the fact that the centre profits from the sales, so it can continue providing vital services to those with MS in the area.”

It is estimated the annual art show has raised £15,000 towards the centre’s yearly running costs of £750,000, so it can continue to provide valuable services to people with MS.

Chilterns MS Centre Art Exhibition 2015

Chilterns MS Centre Art Exhibition 2015

MS is a degenerative condition that is the most common cause of neurological disability in young adults.

The services provided at the centre help people manage their symptoms which can include problems with speech, sight and balance, mobility and neurological fatigue.

Visit the centre’s website here for more information.

It has been a wonderful weekend for both artists and visitors.

Jane Miller and Diane Riddy, artists
Chilterns MS Centre Art Exhibition 2015 - pictured is sculptor Jenny Hay

Chilterns MS Centre Art Exhibition 2015 - pictured is sculptor Jenny Hay

Chilterns MS Centre Art Exhibition 2015

Chilterns MS Centre Art Exhibition 2015

Chilterns MS Centre Art Exhibition 2015

Chilterns MS Centre Art Exhibition 2015