Polstead artist to sell off work to aid charity

Jon Collier with some of his artwork that he is selling to raise money for the St. Elizabeth hospice.'FL; John is selling all 70 odd pieces he has currently sitting in his garage, John started painting after retirement as a head teacher and is a member of Polstead art group. ANL-140916-205634009
Jon Collier with some of his artwork that he is selling to raise money for the St. Elizabeth hospice.'FL; John is selling all 70 odd pieces he has currently sitting in his garage, John started painting after retirement as a head teacher and is a member of Polstead art group. ANL-140916-205634009
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A retired teacher and keen painter from Polstead is preparing to sell his full collection of work in aid of a local charity.

John Colleer, treasurer of the Polstead Art Club, has more than 70 pieces sitting in his garage, all of which he intends to sell to help a charity close to his heart.

Mr Colleer wants to raise funds for St Elizabeth Hospice in memory of a “great friend” who he said “received excellent care from them”.

Since retiring in 1989, the former headteacher of Stoke-by-Nayland Primary School and Pot Kiln Primary School has been a keen painter, formerly chairman of the Hadleigh Art Club before initiating the Polstead Art Club in 2002, where he has been treasurer ever since.

As part of the club, he has sold his artwork for charity before, previously raising money for Riding for the Disabled.

Painting landscapes, boyhood memories and fairy paintings, after being influenced by an exhibition at the Royal Academy in 1997, all of his water colour and oil pieces will be sold off.

Mr Colleer said the works would all be sold for under £100 with the average price being between £40 and £60.

The sale will take place at Polstead Village Hall on Saturday, September 27, from 10am to 4pm.

Entrance is free but donations are welcomed.