Dorset local artist auctions painting to raise money for DWT
Friday 31st March 2017
(Below photo, 'Midsummer Hill' painting to be auctioned)
Dorset based artist, Phyllis Wolff, has kindly donated an oil painting to Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) which will be auctioned online on Monday 3rd April 2017 for 2 weeks. The proceeds from the auction will go straight back into wildlife conservation work in Dorset.
Phyllis was inspired to donate a painting to DWT, Dorset’s largest conservation charity, after receiving the 2016 Hedgerow appeal letter, on the same day as the birth of her fourth grandchild.
Phyllis said, “It struck me forcibly that I wanted this new baby, my other grandchildren, and all our grandchildren to live in a world where hedgerows and the wildlife they support are still the norm, not something unusual. My boys grew up in fields and woods around our house, damming streams and building tree houses – they now visit those places with their children, I want this to continue for the children of the future.”
Phyllis is an important artist
Since moving to Dorset in 1976, Phyllis has built a reputation as an important artist, represented in private and public collections, as well as exhibiting widely in galleries in the UK and abroad. She was educated at Goldsmiths’ College, St Martin’s School of Art and Byam Shaw School of Art.
Phyllis continues, “I hope the proceeds from the auction of this painting will go some way towards encouraging children’s natural connection with nature – which is a big part of DWT’s work.”
Money raised will give a boost to DWT conservation work
DWT Fundraising and retail manager, Fiona Sansom said, “We are very grateful to Phyllis for donating this fantastic painting to DWT. The colours and texture of her paintings really capture Dorset’s landscape and we’re looking forward to giving our conservation and engagement work a boost with the money raised from the auction.”
Phyllis Wolff has donated ‘Midsummer Hill’ (Melbury) II oil canvas (40cm – 60cm) which includes a bespoke handmade frame by *pictureframes.co.uk (worth £350), which is uniquely compliant with the Forestry Stewardship Council.
Start bidding from 3rd April
To find out more about the painting and to place a bid, visit the auction page.
Notes to Editor
*More details of the work and the frame are here.
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
Working for a secure future for Dorset’s wildlife enriching the quality of life
Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 26,500 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.
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