A striking piece of art depicting Upton Heath after June’s devastating blaze has gone to a local home, following an auction in aid of the Upton Heath Appeal. The art work was created by Corfe Mullen artist Judith Opsblum, using charcoal from the burnt remains of heathland plants. Judith donated the work, named ‘After the Fire’, to Dorset Wildlife Trust to help raise money to restore the damaged habitat.
More about the art
Judith said: “I just wanted to help in any way I could. It seemed fitting to use a piece of charcoal from the fire to create a picture of the devastation, to try to make something good out of something so bad.”
‘After The Fire’, was bought by local Councillor Susan Jefferies, who lives in Beacon Road adjacent to the heath. The £107 raised will go towards the Upton Heath Appeal to restore the burnt area to its former wildlife-rich glory. The picture is on public display in the village’s ‘Corfe Coffee’ café in Wareham Road, kindly loaned by Mrs Jefferies to raise awareness among local residents.
Art for all to see
Alastair Cook, Director of Fundraising and Marketing at Dorset Wildlife Trust, said: “We are delighted that the painting has raised over one hundred pounds towards the Upton Heath appeal and it seems fitting that a local person has purchased it. It was good of Susan Jefferies to organise its display in the Corfe Coffee café and we are hoping to be able to use the painting in future heathland educational programmes.”
For more information about the fire or to support the appeal, click here.
Notes to Editor
For more information please contact Nicky Hoar at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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