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Record sales despite rain at annual art fest

By West Briton  |  Posted: June 21, 2012

  • Oliver Eastburn, Jack Martin, Tristan Thompson and Tom Rimmington get drawing at this year's Flushing Art Festival.

  • Artistic Isobel gets painting.

  • Taking a line for a walk: Laura Normansell and Phoebe Herring.

  • Thanks, Grandad: Dylan proudly displays his pottery painting.

  • Kitty, in her crown, gives a royal wave.

  • Katie, Primrose, Antony and Bella Vage.

  • Ceci looking suitably regal in a custom-made crown at the Flushing Art Festival.

  • Ed, May, Ethan, Erin and Alfie inside the giant crown.

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THIS year's Flushing Art Festival may have been hampered by the rain, but organisers said it was still a huge success.

University College Falmouth's Taiko Drum Ensemble opened the art and craft exhibition, which saw record sales.

Tim Atkinson, who started the festival in 2005, said: "When we started I didn't expect to have experienced Japanese drumming hailing the opening; it was quite something."

This was followed by workshops for all ages, including crown-making, animation, toddler art and painting ceramic mugs and plates.

Only two outdoor events had to be moved into St Peter's Church Hall, a theatre performance of Pinocchio and live music, planned for outside on the quay.

At the church there was a royal-themed flower festival, a display of photos and memorabilia and screenings of archive film of village events.

Simon Thompson, chairman of the organising committee, said: "The exhibition provoked much discussion and memories, many of which have added to our village archives."

Residents were invited to take part in "door art", producing work with the theme of Queens for their front doors.

Mr Thompson said: "It produced a wide variety of imaginative interpretations as well as the more predictable."

Images from the week can be seen at www.flushing.org.uk

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