Kids’ art show draws a crowd
There was a festive art attack in Rutherglen Exchange Shopping Centre last week as local churches teamed up for the Jesus Rocks event.
It included an art contest for P6 classes of several local schools, where pupils were asked to draw a Nativity scene.
The overall winner was Charlie-Anne Robin of Loch Primary, who presented a lively illustration with animals peering in to look at the manger.
Therese Reid of Stonelaw Parish Church helped to organise the afternoon fun.
She said: “We thought we would go inside the shopping centre and do things like the Jesus rocks, little rocks that could be painted to look like Jesus, as well as things like face painting.
“We came up with the art contest and that was really good because we got some brilliant, creative ideas and drawings based around the Nativity.
“We wanted to work across the whole town and with the whole community.”
She added: “We set up a thankfulness tree too. It’s where people have written things they’ve been thankful for this year and we’ll hang them on the tree there. Jane Cowan at the centre has been fantastic, and really helpful.
“We’re not preaching at anyone but Christmas is about Jesus when you get past the shopping and the turkey and that.
“Some of them will have taken Jesus home, some won’t, and hopefully it will have got people thinking.”
The art competition was judged by Charles Clark of Cambuslang and Rutherglen Art Club, Councillor Margaret Cowie and Reformer reporter Jonathan Geddes.
Winners were – Loch Primary: Charlie-Anne Robin. Spittal Primary: Jamie Bradley. St Anthony’s: Rebecca Derwin. Calderwood Primary: Iona Clark. Cathkin: Olivia Cusick. St Columbkille’s: Oliver McCormick.
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