Artist Mary Smith in her studio

Mary Smith's Painting a Day Challenge

Fri, 13/10/2017 - 11:11

Banks Mill resident Mary Smith is an artist and workshop facilitator and at the beginning of this year came up with the idea of challenging herself to paint one painting per day for a whole year in order to raise funds and awareness for sufferers of Stroke and Dementia.

Both of these causes are close to Mary’s heart as her mother, Joan Scarratt, passed away earlier this year having suffered multiple strokes and dementia.

Mary comments: “In order to raise awareness and funds for future research into both of these conditions, and to provide a legacy for my mother I decided to ‘paint a picture a day’ for the entire duration of 2017, effectively creating 365 paintings by the end of this year.  Each finished piece will be posted to my facebook page dedicated to the challenge.“

Mary creates her paintings from her studio at Banks Mill and then sells them at any events she exhibits at, most recently Melbourne Festival and later in November at our Open Studios & Artisan Fair event.  At the Open Studios, on 24-26 November you can meet Mary and chat to her about the challenge; she will showcase small canvas prints of a selection of the paintings which people can purchase on the day with 100% of proceeds being donated immediately to the charities – the buyer can specify which charity they’d like to donate to, or both.

At the beginning of 2018 Mary will then showcase all 365 original paintings, along with canvas copies which will all be for sale, again with 100% of the proceeds going to the two charities.

If you would like to support Mary and both these charities you can make a donation on Mary’s just giving page

Or visit her website

To find out more about the Open Studios & Artisan Fair event visit

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