Wellington painter Fiona Brabyn is one of the first artists in the town to sign up for the Art Boot sale happening on Saturday, July 7th, at the Wellington Junior School playground.
“I know there have been a couple in Taunton a year or two ago but it’s a really exciting idea,” said Fiona, who paints in a studio behind her home in Jurston Lane.
“I’m going to be doing some instant portraits on the day, as well as selling my oil paintings,” said Fiona, who specialises in still life as well as portraiture. Her animal portraits are highly popular with pet-lovers.
Art Boot sales have become popular in London and other big cities recently. Instead of tables full of household junk making its third appearance, the stalls are taken by artists who sell their work direct to the public at studio prices, which can mean a saving of hundreds of pounds.
“Galleries typically take a 40% commission and sometimes pass on the full VAT,” explained Art Boot organiser Keith Wheatley. “ So as well benefitting the Barnardos charity who will receive the pitch fees, the public have a chance to buy excellent work for professional artists with almost two-thirds off the list price.”
As well as painters; sculptors, ceramicists and glass-makers are taking part. Artists from the Wellington area already signed up include Keith & Jill Blackie, Claire Western, Craig Askew, Tess Armitage, Caroline Mcmillan and Bea Hammond.
Art Boot Sale, Wellington Junior School, July 7th, 10am-3pm