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Postcard art raises funds for patients and families

Nearly £650 has been raised at an auction of postcard-sized art, in a joint initiative by Blue Fox Gallery and Earl Mountbatten Hospice.

The artworks had been created in celebration of Isle of Wight Day and were later donated to the hospice for display and auction, which took place in the interval of a live music performance by The Alberts, part of the hospice’s regular concert series. In total, 50 of the 84 pieces of art were sold raising an incredible £641 for the care and support of patients and families across the Isle of Wight. The winners of the artwork are being contacted directly by the hospice. 

The remaining postcards will now return for display at the Blue Fox Gallery in Cross Street, Ryde, until 26 November, before going on sale as part of the Earl Mountbatten Hospice Christmas Fayre on Sunday 27 November between 10am and 4pm.

Meanwhile, the hospice is delighted to announce its latest Art Gallery exhibition which is entitled “Island Flight”. The joint display is by two artists, Anne Axford and Malcolm Winter, and photographer Kelly Murdoch.

Anne, who is also a Trustee at the hospice, said: “I paint mainly in watercolour, but also find working with gold leaf intriguing and interesting. Animals are often the subject of my pictures and I aim to make people smile with an often surprising twist on what I see.”

Meanwhile, Malcolm Winter is a talented artist who specialises in marine and aviation subjects, as well as coastal scenes. Among the subjects he paints are Spitfires and wartime action and his eye for detail has resulted in him being honoured as an Associate of the Guild of Aviation Artists. 
Completing the trio is Kelly Murdoch of Ztam Photography, whose passion is aviation photography. Kelly is fully self-taught and she shares her father’s passion for photography. Her work has led to worldwide interest and publication of her work in newspapers and magazines. Kelly’s remarkable skills are despite a battle with several rare health conditions, as well as Spina Bifida. She said: “Some days I can’t even get out of bed, some days are harder than others but while each day comes and goes, I am grateful for everything I have in life including my photography, art and design. While I can carry on I will, but sadly there will be a day when I won’t. Until that day, I will search for ways to carry on and I will still capture those precious moments in time.”

Anyone is welcome to visit the “Island Flight” exhibition,which is located in the main hospice building and can be viewed between 9am and 5pm. There is also an opportunity to meet the artists at 5pm on Wednesday 16 November.

"They look after you and they're so caring. I'm not frightened of dying."


Chrissie Fenton, patient