Hythe open studios held a 3-day event in June for lovers of art and garden enthusiasts when accomplished artists and makers opened their studio doors and gardens to the public. The event was to raise money in support of the Pilgrims Hospice Charity.
The free art show spread around 10 venues in Hythe, Seabrook, and Westenhanger was a chance to see the work of 16 artists which included paintings, printmakers, mixed media, ceramic glass, plus a jeweller. Local artist Nikki Griffiths said; “The event was to raise funds for the charity, but it was also a chance to introduce our local artists which we have in abundance”.
The staff at Pilgrims Hospices were wonderful
The open exhibition was a unique chance for the visitors to chat with artists, and gain new insights into creative processes, at the studio where it was all created – many workplaces set in lovely gardens which were in full bloom this time of the year. Nikki went on to say: “My husband died 7 years ago and the staff at Pilgrims Hospices were wonderful, so in my view, this is a win-win event for everybody”.
The organisers said: “The 3-day treat for art and garden lovers was a complete success and we thank all those who supported the event held in support of Pilgrims Hospices.
Care is provided from three hospice sites in Ashford, Canterbury and Thanet as well as in patients’ own homes. To offer these services to patients and their families the charity must raise £11 million each year from the generous local community.