I’ve arrived at the decision to make 2017 the year of my final Lafrowda Festival Benefit Painting Auction. My reason for this is that a new tradition here in St Columb Major is being launched and I want to support it in a similar way. More than three years after our move here from St Just, home of the Lafrowda Festival, my wife Gabrielle and I are now involved in launching the Our Town St Columb Major Arts and Heritage Project ( https://www.facebook.com/ourtownstcolumb/?view_public_for=150213532127194 ) that aims to support cultural regeneration in this central Cornish community. The project’s first festival is due to take place in August 2017.
This means that the metre square Mad Aviators at Lafrowda ( http://hendersonsmith.co.uk/mad_aviators_at_lafrowda.html ) painting that I made following the inspiration of the July 2016 event in St Just will very probably be the last of that series. Starting in 2002, there have been fourteen of these Lafrowda canvases emerging from my studio. You can see them all in the collection of ‘thumbnail’ picture links below the ‘virtual tour’ on the Ten Years of Lafrowda Paintings page of my website ( http://hendersonsmith.co.uk/PanacrossTenYearsofLafrowdaPaintingsexhibition.html ).
That virtual tour itself records the exhibition that the Lafrowda Festival organisers asked me to put on at Cape Cornwall School in St Just in 2012. I subsequently added four more to the collection and each July since our move in 2013 has seen me back in St Just to soak up the excitement of Lafrowda once again. I’m so pleased that other artists still based in St Just have now started to do something similar for Lafrowda and I very much hope that the tradition of supporting that festival will long continue in this way without me. Incidentally, prints of all those earlier Lafrowda paintings can be purchased by following relevant links on their image pages on my website. I’ll continue to donate proceeds from all such sales to Lafrowda Festival.