Art show success will make massive difference to school
An exclusive art show organised by the owners of award-winning restaurant Maison Bleue has raised more than £2,300 for local charity GeeWizz.
Sunday’s exhibition in the renowned Bury St Edmunds restaurant featured the work of local artist Ruth Simpson who specialises in painting landscapes from across the East of England.
Chef-Patron Pascal and Karine Canevet said they were delighted to support the charity, founded by Gina Long MBE, with money raised going towards buying an interactive television screen for the classroom.
Karine said: “It was wonderful to host the art show and see so many fantastic landscape paintings on the walls of Maison Bleue.
“It was important to us to support a local charity like GeeWizz and to support such an important organisation like Riverwalk School.”
School headteacher Jan Hatchell said she was humbled to receive the support of Maison Bleue and GeeWizz and added that the interactive screens – which can be moved up and down and side-to-side depending on pupil needs – would make such a difference.
She explained: “We have been blown away by the level of support we have received GeeWizz and our local community.
“This generosity is enabling us to purchase vital pieces of equipment that our normal school funding simply doesn’t allow.”
Gina Long said: “I am indebted to Maison Bleue, Ruth Simpson and the Wildwood Gallery for all their hard work in making the art show such a success.”
The charity was supported by the ticket-only event, which also saw a percentage of painting sales go to GeeWizz and a grand raffle where guests could win Ruth’s painting of a landscape scene from Ickworth House.
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