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The Big Draw 20 October 2004

On Sunday 17th October, The Courtyard Gallery, St Johns, organised an art workshop at the Curraghs Wildlife Park for visitors to take part in, part of the Big Draw, a UK-wide event that has been organised for the past 5 years.

Over 150 persons participated and 50 entries were submitted at the end of the day in a variety of styles. The winning entries were a pelican by Alfie Leach, tortoise by Patrick Stowell, squirrel monkey by Alex Robinson and lynx by Jane McIlraith. Participants also all contributed to a three-part mural to be mounted in the Play Barn.

Organiser, Mrs Marg Hewson, said:

"The Wildlife Park was just perfect and the atmosphere was lovely with everyone joining in and producing works of art. The entries are being displayed in the Wildlife Park cafe and artists can collect theirs' after Sunday Oct 31st."

Guidance for the participants was provided by Di Allen, Pat Kneen, Margaret Claydon, Belinda Leach, Jane O'Rourke, Anita Hogarth associated with the Courtyard Gallery and Helen Macintosh who is also a Friend of the Curraghs Wildlife Park.

The Curraghs Wildlife Park is open every day from 10 am to 6 pm until Sun October 31st, and thereafter from 10 am to 4 pm at weekends. During the school half-term, October 25th to October 29th visitors will gain half-price admission.

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