Artist’s work to be sold in aid of hospice

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

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.

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