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Mere Sands Wood, Rufford to host Eileen Hill art exhibition

PUBLISHED: 13:16 16 April 2012 | UPDATED: 21:16 20 February 2013

Mere Sands Wood, Rufford to host Eileen Hill art exhibition

Mere Sands Wood, Rufford to host Eileen Hill art exhibition

Late artist Eileen Hill donates paintings to raise funds for the wildlife reserve she loved. Rosie Hall reports


Late artist Eileen Hill donates paintings to raise funds for the wildlife reserve she loved. Rosie Hall reports



A Lancashire wildlife sanctuary has been immortalised in the work of the late artist, Eileen Hill, which is being sold to raise funds for the reserve.



Her paintings are currently on show at Mere Sands Wood, Rufford, a Wildlife Trust reserve beloved of Eileen and featured in much of her work.



The artist devoted much of her life to painting and to teaching art, and continued to paint until a month before her death, aged 96, in November 2010.



She began her life in Blundellsands, where she started painting at the age of five. Her cousin, Jenny Wardle, recalls: She always considered herself to be an artist and we have some wonderful scrapbooks of her work from an early age.



It was not until Eileen was in her 50s that she found the time to get formal training, where she was now living in Churchtown, Southport. Her caring nature then led her to volunteer at the Centre for Disabilities in Southport, where she ran an art course.



In 1989 she was presented with the Age Concern Gold Award by Princess Diana for services to the elderly, and she continued her charitable work well into her 80s.



Mrs Wardell spoke proudly of Eileens kind-hearted nature. I remember she put on a wonderful exhibition of her students art. She also did a lot of voluntary work for her local church, St Michaels in Blundellsands. She was self reliant late into her life. She was an incredible lady.



She also spoke of the happy times that Eileen had spent at Mere Sands Wood, sketching with friends, and said that she had requested that her work be exhibited there, and be sold to raise funds for the reserve. She loved it so much there. She enjoyed the community spirit.



Mrs Wardell is not the only relative of the artist to attend the exhibition; 29 family members have travelled to the reserve to view her work, coming from as far as Scotland and the Midlands.



The exhibition can be seen at Mere Sands Wood every day except Friday until the 14th May, from 9.30am-4.30pm.



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