A tribute exhibition at the Richard Burton Art Centre painted a picture of local success and raised over £4300.
Driffield Rotary Club are now toasting the success of the exhibition in tribute to local artist Hector Fraser held at the gallery and tea room, which exceeded its fundraising target to significantly boost the resources available to agricultural students from the Judy and Hector Fraser Agricultural Trust.
The Rotarians had hoped that the show would raise £4,000 to add to the existing funds.
Rotarian Graham Hadfield said: “The generosity of local people has been amazing, over the ten days of the show we have had a constant stream of viewers and I am delighted to be able to announce that almost four thousand three hundred pounds have been raised for the trust.
“Our team of Driffield Rotarians provided back-up throughout the event and we are deeply grateful to them all for their hard work and dedication.”
Richard, who owns and runs the gallery with his wife Claire, said: “It has been a wonderful experience for us, having so many local works on display brought a whole new and colourful show to our gallery.
“Locals and visitors have enjoyed the display and have commented on the works. Our tea room and cafe here at Buckton has been busier than ever and we have thoroughly enjoyed the exhibition.”
Shana Butterworth, Hector’s daughter, said: “Dad would have been so proud with this staggering result, the whole show has been a real live tribute and celebration of his life in art. We are so grateful to the Burtons for allowing us to use the gallery free of charge and we are absolutely thrilled that so much additional money has been raised to boost the trust fund.
“The support it will give to future generations of students will be a lasting legacy to both mum and dad.”
Symon Fraser said: “The idea of the exhibition came from a discussion with Dad about what we would do with all of his paintings when he died. He was adamant that he wanted all the money raised from the sale to support the trust so that young people can be helped to succeed in farming as he did.
“There are just a few remaining pictures which Richard has agreed to display in the gallery for a further week and again all funds raised from these will go to the Trust. The exhibition has been fantastically supported and the result has exceeded our hopes.”
The show of remaining pictures and prints will be open to the public from Wednesdays to Sundays from 11am to 4.30pm at the Richard Burton Art Centre Main Street, Buckton.