AN ARTIST from Bedfont has praised her local library after winning an art competition with a painting she created at a library art class.
Janice Denslow, 59, of Hatchett Road, has put her mixed media and watercolour art classes at Bedfont Library to good use after coming in first position in a Winsor and Newton competition.
The resident, who uses a mobility scooter, said the classes, run by Hounslow Adult Education, have been a great outlet for her since she joined a year ago.
She said the closure of the branch would have a "huge impact" on people's lives.
Mrs Denslow said: "I was just out and about and I looked in the window of the library and saw the classes going on, I found out more and realised it would be perfect for me.
"There is so much going on at the library and people don't even realise. I was encouraged to enter the competition with my painting called Autumn Gold 2010, which I created during the classes at the library. I was thrilled when I found out I won. The classes mean so much to me, and having heard about the proposals to close the library, I have been fighting against them as much as possible."
Mrs Denslow created her painting with tuition and guidance from tutor Clare Brice-Betts, and won the first prize after she gained the most votes on-line.
She has won a set of acrylics from Winsor and Newton.
Mrs Denslow said she would like to highlight how much the library, and its associated activities and events, mean to her and other local residents.
She said: "People think there isn't anything for older people to do, but there is. The classes have been really inspirational and they (art class members) are proud of me for winning the competition.
"The library is extremely important. The loss of the Bedfont Library would be terrible. If it closed it would have a huge impact on people's lives here."
Bedfont Library is one of eight in the borough at risk of closure as the council makes budget cuts in reaction to a funding cut from central Government.
In February, Hounslow Council announced it was postponing plans to close the libraries by deferring new book purchases, saving £569,300.
A more specific libraries consultation will begin, meaning the libraries are still at risk.
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