THE Rotary Club of Ashburton andBuckfastleigh expects to greet thousands of holiday visitors to it's fourteenth annual charity art exhibition.
Once again the Abbot and Community of Buckfast Abbey have provided the guest hall at the Abbey for this event, which runs until August 12.
Ninety local artists will be displaying more than 300 works of art which will also include some photography.
The exhibition is free to all visitors, but the club is this year raising funds for the following charities:
Combat Stress — helping military veterans to cope with post traumatic stress disorder; Excellent (Sand Dams) — helping farmers and communities in Kenya to conserve water supplies; Rowcroft Hospice; and Shelterbox.
The funds will be raised by hanging fees, commission on pictures sold and commission on sales of numerous prints and greetings cards on sale.
Once again, there will be a raffle to win an original painting, which this year has been donated by renowned Devon artist John Hiscocks.
This is a large (29"x25") acrylic on canvas work entitled the South Devon Railway at Buckfastleigh which John has based on sketches and photographs taken by him in April this year, with artistic allowances between the real and the painting.
Exhibition organiser, Rotarian Ken Green, said: "Thanks to John, we hope this will provide the lucky winner with happy memories, perhaps of a holiday, spent visiting this lovely area. Each year we guarantee to hand-deliver the painting anywhere in the country after the exhibition ends".
The exhibition is open daily from 10am to 4.30pm and Sundays from 11.30am until 4pm.
Club president Philip Vogel said: "We are most grateful to the Abbot and Community of Buckfast Abbey for, once again, so generously allowing us to hold this annual fundraising event in the beautiful medieval guest hall.
"Without their support we simply couldn't raise the funds for our chosen charities each year.
"This year we are hoping to bring our fundraising back to record levels following last year's competition from a little event called Olympics 2012!"