Special prize for Surfleet artist Fran

Fran Healands receives her prize from the Mayor of Boston Richard Austin. ANL-150911-105904001
Fran Healands receives her prize from the Mayor of Boston Richard Austin. ANL-150911-105904001

Surfleet artist FranHealands of Surfleet received a well-deserved accolade when she was awarded the Judges’ Special Prize at the Blackfriars Art Exhibition in Boston.

Her environmentally-inspired piece ‘A Walk in Print’ was selected from over 40 entries on Wednesday evening as the one that most impressed the judges.

Many will know Fran as South Holland’s best-known face-painter, but for the past year she’s been pursuing a life-long dream to study art.

Fran (39) said: “To receive the judges’ award is amazing. I never dreamt when I began my studies a year ago that I would learn so much and that I’d be standing here.

“I’d encourage anybody who has a dream to go for it. Art has changed my life.”

Fran’s work and that of other artists from the area can be seen at The Blackfriars Art Centre, Boston until November 28 (10am – 4pm). Entry is free.