Open day gets the word out

Open day at St James' Church Community and Arts Centre, Seamer Road. Judith Baker(left) and Creta Wright, of the Cockleshell Crafts group, who meet in the church's Cockleshell Cafe, with Rita McGlynn and her daughter, poet Sylvian rose(right) choosing which hand crafted cards to buy.  Picture by Andrew Higgins  112984b  23/07/11

Open day at St James' Church Community and Arts Centre, Seamer Road. Judith Baker(left) and Creta Wright, of the Cockleshell Crafts group, who meet in the church's Cockleshell Cafe, with Rita McGlynn and her daughter, poet Sylvian rose(right) choosing which hand crafted cards to buy. Picture by Andrew Higgins 112984b 23/07/11

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DANCE, art music, handicrafts and a wildflower garden were just some of the attractions drawing in visitors at a Scarborough church open day.

In celebration of its patron saint, St James’ Church and Community Arts Centre in Seamer Road welcomed people to look around the building and to take part in various activities.

Open day at St James' Church Community and Arts Centre, Seamer Road. Rev Joy Carr with the church's colurful Welcome banner, greeting visitors.  Picture by Andrew Higgins  112984c  23/07/11

Open day at St James' Church Community and Arts Centre, Seamer Road. Rev Joy Carr with the church's colurful Welcome banner, greeting visitors. Picture by Andrew Higgins 112984c 23/07/11

The centre’s art students showcased their work in an exhibition of individual creations plus a large collaborative piece. Visitors were also invited to take part in dancing and a drawing class.

Arts Centre administrator Jan Brittain, said the busy day of events was an ideal opportunity to show people the inner workings of the church and Community Arts Centre.

She said: “”We had a successful day, there were a lot of people coming in to view the church and the Arts Centre.

“It was also part of the church festival as it was St James’ Day who our church is dedicated to, so we try to do something every year.

Open day at St James' Church Community and Arts Centre, Seamer Road. Artist Sallie Gatie(left) with Ian Hall, from Northstead, who painted two panels in a project work based on The Virgin by Gustav Klimt, but named Hen Night,  in the exhibition in the undercroft arts centre. Picture by Andrew Higgins  112984j  23/07/11

Open day at St James' Church Community and Arts Centre, Seamer Road. Artist Sallie Gatie(left) with Ian Hall, from Northstead, who painted two panels in a project work based on The Virgin by Gustav Klimt, but named Hen Night, in the exhibition in the undercroft arts centre. Picture by Andrew Higgins 112984j 23/07/11

“It’s also about opening the church up to a lot of people and letting them see what people do in our centre.”