Artist’s work to be sold in aid of hospice
ART lovers are expected to flock to the exhibition and sale of work of the late Muriel Kay, on show from the end of the month. The exhibition at the Half a Sixpence Gallery at Evegate, Smeeth, is supporting the Pilgrims Hospice. The work has been selected by farmer’s wife Alison Ridley from Smarden and includes tribute displays of work by her artist parents Laurence Keeble and Patricia Stone. Mrs Ridley’s late father Laurence studied at the Slade School of Art during the 1930s, followed by a distinguished career as a painter, designer, lecturer and teacher of art and history. He died in the Ashford hospice aged 87. He asked that money be raised for the hospice from the sale of art inherited from former pupil and co-designer Muriel Kay. After she was trained by him she worked as a painter, designer and illustrator exhibiting in many top galleries. During the 1960s she became widely known for her tinting and restoration work in London, known within the trade as “Muriels”. The show opens between 10am and 4.30pm daily, except Sundays, from March 30 and runs until April 24.