Art for charity’s sake

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An exhibition and sale of watercolours at Cole Court by Middlesex Mason W. Bro. Chris Albrow has raised almost £4,000 for Royal Marsden Hospital and the Harmony Foundation charities, thanks to the generosity and eye for talent of Middlesex Brethren.

Chris, from Victory Lodge No. 6191, is a self-taught watercolour artist who has exhibited his work in France and the Netherlands. He works in most mediums, although prefers painting in watercolour as he finds it more expressive and offering greater freedom. Chris said “I am absolutely delighted by the response and support given to the exhibition at Cole Court. The main dining room offered an excellent opportunity to show my work to maximum effect.”

The proceeds will be split equally between the Royal Marsden, which Chris credits with saving his life, and the Harmony Foundation, which provides support for the distressed, sick, needy and deserving. Sales of Chris's watercolours continue, with lists and prices available at the bar in Cole Court.

The exhibition also included some paintings by Chris's former tutor, the late W. Bro Paul Banning, an artist who has exhibited across the world and who won the Turner Water Colour prize in 2009. At the request of Paul’s family, funds from the sale of these paintings, currently over £1,000, will go to the Masonic Charitable Foundation.

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