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Beaconsfield cafe toasts launch of new art gallery
4:40pm Saturday 12th October 2013 in News
A CAFE and delicatessen in Beaconsfield served up an artistic feast last week at the launch party for its double life as a gastronomic art gallery.
Benedict’s Store on Gregories Road threw open its doors to celebrate the premiere of the ‘Eye-Like Gallery’ on Thursday night, with a champagne reception to greet around 40 art-loving guests.
The gallery space features contemporary works by legendary British artists including Sir Peter Blake and Tracey Emin, with all pieces available for sale.
Owners Benedict and Victoria Raworth stumbled upon the idea after art loving friends Nick and Saro Philpot were struggling to find premises to display their collection.
And the foursome marked the beginning of their partnership by raising over £1000 for Beaconsfield-based children’s charity Greenfingers through a raffle and a percentage of all the artworks sold.
Victoria said: "It’s fantastic that we’re able to do this here. Nick and Saro were looking for somewhere to display their art and we had the wall space available, so it just went from there.
"Greenfingers is a wonderful charity too and we’re really happy to be able to support it in any way we can."
Benedict’s Store opened in the spring and offers handmade sandwiches and salads, artisan coffees, locally sourced fruit, veg, eggs and a selection of jars and bottles.
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