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Teesdale does the talking in charity calendar
SEEN enough of charity calendars featuring rippling six packs or comedy props strategically placed to protect the model’s modesty?
If so one artist and photographer has produced a calendar that lets the stunning scenery of Teesdale, in County Durham, do the talking.
Andy Beck has been an artist since 1988 and ran The Teesdale Gallery studio and shop, in Barnard Castle, until recently turning it into an online venture.
He also began posting photographs on the internet and his pictures attracted hundreds of compliments and requests for them to be turned into a calendar, which he decided to do in aid of charity.
He said: “I spend a lot of time out in Teesdale or the Lake District for my artwork so have managed some good photographs simply by spending so much time enjoying the view.
“There are some classic scenes of Teesdale in there, taken with my own eyes as an artist.
“I’ve used the seasons and different times of day to show off this wonderful area, such as pictures of High Force in hoar frost and Bowes Castle at night."
Mr Beck found 12 businesses in the Barnard Castle and Teesdale area to sponsor a month each to almost cover the cost of printing 500 calendars.
That means that £7 from the £10 cover price of each copy sold will go directly to his two chosen charities- Cancer Research UK’s Teesdale branch and Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team.
He said: “There are so many good charities out there but I think these two are very worthy.
“Unfortunately most people know someone affected by cancer, my own family has had an incident recently, so I picked the Teesdale branch of Cancer Research UK, which support this wide reaching charity’s work in the region.
“I do a lot of fell walking so see the search and rescue guys out saving people.
“They also do so much more like helping out during flooding and when people are stranded on the A66 in snow, yet they are all volunteers and rely on donations.”
The calendar can be bought online at andybeckimages.co.uk or at businesses throughout Teesdale.
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