Artistic Terry puts charity in the frame

Schoolteacher and amateur artist Terry Harbinson is to sell 15  paintings to raise funds for CAFOD.

Artist Terry Harbinson

Schoolmaster-piece … Teacher Terry is selling 15 oil paintings for CAFOD

The sale will be part of Catholic aid agency CAFOD’s annual ‘Give it Up’ Lenten Appeal, which will have double the impact this year after CAFOD was awarded UK Aid Match funding, which means the Department for International Development will match pound for pound every donation to CAFOD between February 17 and May 17.

A one-day display of Terry’s oil paintings will take place in the Silver Gallery at Newcastle Civic Centre from 6.30pm on Friday to launch the sale, and a catalogue featuring images of the paintings and prices is available at the exhibition and can be ordered from the CAFOD office on 0191 384 4847 or via hexhamandnewcastle@CAFOD.org.uk, and can also be downloaded here:

Terry, from Jarrow, said: “I have priced all the 15 oils in the exhibition at professional prices and would ideally love to raise around £4,500 for CAFOD.”

Assistant principal of St Cuthbert’s Catholic High School, Newcastle, Terry’s passions outside the classroom include art and music. Apart from painting in oils and being a keen calligrapher, he also directs St Bede’s Chorale Group, Jarrow.

He said: “Painting, like music, is a passion. I try to develop realism in my paintings and learn the techniques of depth, dimension, tone and texture by studying the old masters and by keeping up to date with instruction through Atelier workshops and manuals.

“My focus is quite broad, varying from still life to figurative and landscape work.

“This approach is reflected in this week’s exhibition of some 15 oils – the entire sale of which will, I hope, contribute to CAFOD’s work abroad.”

Anyone wishing to attend Friday’s preview exhibition of Terry’s paintings or to request a catalogue should contact CAFOD on 0191 384 4847 or hexhamandnewcastle@cafod.org.uk

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