Customers at the West Brom in Newtown will be hoping for a brush stroke of luck as they vie to win an exclusive print by renowned local artist Brian Jones.
The branch has teamed up with Brian to raise funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care by raffling off two stunning pieces of art.
Brian has generously donated the hand-finished framed prints which depict familiar local landscapes: the view overlooking the Caersws hills from Aberhafesp and St Mary’s Church on the banks of the River Severn.
They are on display at the West Brom on Broad Street along with entry forms. Tickets cost £1, which will be donated in full to Marie Curie, and the closing date is 25 April.
Brian, a regular Society customer, said: “When I found out Marie Curie was the West Brom’s charity partner I felt it was a great opportunity to lend a helping hand.
“I have painted all my life, something which brings me so much joy, and to be able to share this with others and support such a deserving charity at the same time is a wonderful thing.”
Born in Newtown, Brian is a self-taught artist specialising in landscapes and portrait work. Two of his paintings are on permanent exhibition at the Robert Owen Museum and he runs regular art classes on behalf of the Ponthafren Association.
Now retired, Brian spent 28 years working as a textile designer for Laura Ashley based at its studios in Carno and Newtown. Many of the designs he created are still popular today and can be seen all over the world.
He is a committed fundraiser having previously supported charities including the Motor Neurone Disease Association, Wales Air Ambulance, Multiple Sclerosis Society and British Heart Foundation through his painting.
The West Brom’s Newtown branch manager Tricia Jones said: “We are so grateful to Brian for sharing his outstanding artistic talent in order to raise funds for Marie Curie. The prints have pride of place in our branch and we are sure whoever emerges as one of the lucky winners will be thrilled with their unique prize.”