AN award-winning Kelty artist, who has risen to prominence in the Scottish art crowd over the last decade, is auctioning some of her original works online to help raise vital funds for Children’s Hospices Across Scotland, better known as CHAS.

Celie Byrne was bolstered by the recognition she received in the 2011 BP Portrait Award Exhibition with a painting of her then teenaged son and has become prolific in the intervening years and more recently the local lady has been encouraging young people to think about creating images to brighten up their community.

She predominantly paints portraits, but can also be seen up scaffolding, brush in hand, to produce large scale murals or tooled up to collaborate with fellow artists to re-imagine once loved but neglected spaces to form thoughtful and sometimes political installations.

As part of Kelty Street Art Collective, Celie Byrne and her team have resurrected various buildings and shop fronts with stunning murals, including the often maligned Blackhall Square which has a very different look now

The work that will be made exclusively available for auction through CHAS includes several portraits that will be of interest to music fans, featuring Scottish supergroup The Grand Gestures and art rock duo Bdy_Prts. A curio for collectors and locals in her native Kelty, a portrait of ‘Marion’, who is known affectionately throughout the town as ‘Cat Lady’ (despite only owning dogs) is also on sale.

There is also a limited run of signed prints for ‘Welcome to Anniversaryville’, the 2018 album artwork from legendary folk firebrand Rab Noakes – a homage to Johnny Cash’s infamous ‘middle finger salute’ – which Celie was commissioned to paint.

The online event will run until Friday July 3 with sales being split evenly between the artists and CHAS to help the charity continue its work supporting over 450 children with life shortening illnesses and their families across Scotland.

Celie said: “It’s a pleasure to bring this work to the CHAS online auction. Hopefully it will raise some much needed funds to support the work that this phenomenal charity does for families all over the country. It’s no secret that many of us artists, mainly self-employed, are also in a bind at this moment in time, so this is a particularly lovely project to be invited to.”

Other well-known Scottish-based artists involved in the CHAS auction include fellow Fifer Sophie McKay Knight, Jack Morrocco, James Somerville Lindsay, Robert Kelsey, James S Davis, Jennifer Irvine, Chris Bushe, Stanley Bird, Aine Divine, Ann Oram, Damian Callan and Peter King.

The charity, which runs Robin House in Balloch, Rachel House in Kinross as well as virtual hospice and CHAS at Home services, is committed to making sure every moment families spend together is filled with as much happiness and fun as possible.

Diane Alton, High Profile Events Manager at CHAS said: “We are very grateful to Celie and all the other artists for their involvement in our auction and for submitting such truly stunning pieces of art. This event is very special as art therapy is used in our hospices by our activities team and plays a big part in helping children and families create lasting memories.

“We are also pleased to be supporting so many Scottish artists as we know that they, like charities, are facing difficulties as a result of the coronavirus pandemic with many exhibitions being postponed and art galleries closed.

“Through the online auction 50% of all the sales will come to CHAS and the artist will receive the remaining 50%. In this way everyone gains – the buyer finds a beautiful piece of art they love, the artist is supported and everyone involved will make a significant difference to the lives of children and their families across Scotland supported by CHAS.”

The artworks included in the auction range in price from £15 to £13,250.

Further details can be found at https://www.jumblebee.co.uk/chasartauction or by visiting the event page https://www.faceboo