Art auction whips up frenzy of Hospice support
247 miniature masterpieces have been donated by nationally acclaimed artists and talented amateurs to Postcards from Life, a fundraising secret auction and exhibition for St Michael’s Hospice.
The online auction, which runs until noon on Monday 23rd November, has already inspired dozens of Hospice supporters to bid on a kaleidoscopic collection of images which includes: a dramatic oil painting of the black mountains; an intricate and beautiful study of a dragonfly; a tender and observed portrait of a shepherd bottle-feeding his lambs in the snow; a magical storybook-style painting of a hare; and many more wonderful creations.
72-year-old Ann Kay from Kington, who has been a patient at St Michael’s Hospice for the past three weeks, said, ‘Having a selection of the art exhibited in the Hospice has been wonderful. It’s been a joy to look at. I can’t get out to go shopping, so the auction is perfect for helping to find Christmas presents for friends and family. There are so many brilliant original bits of art that I’ve taken all my visitors to have a look. I have been well cared-for and having the work on show has been the icing on the cake.’
Hospice Patient Care Co-ordinator and contributing artist Jane Spink said, ‘I have just taken up painting again after a long break, and I thought it would be a great way for me to give something back to the Hospice. I’m thrilled that my artwork has been selected to be exhibited next to a wonderful collection of quality art.’
The exhibition is sponsored by Harrison Clark Rickerbys, and all of the artwork can be viewed by visiting the St Michael’s Hospice website or visiting the Postcards from Life Exhibition at Hellens Manor in Much Marcle. Viewing days are from Friday 20th November until Sunday 22nd November, 10am until 5pm. Entrance is free of charge. The tea rooms will be open, and Hellens will also be running free house tours at 11am and 2pm each day.
Photo l-r: Jane Spink and Ann Kay