A Robin's Song Moves to Helston
By CHSW_ | Monday, October 21, 2013, 09:49
Local wildlife artist Ian Griffiths from Helston has recently embarked on a special fundraising project.
Exhibition at Wheal Martyn
'A Robin's Song' is a series of wildlife artwork exhibitions culminating in an auction of the works in November. All money raised will go to Children's Hospice South West's (CHSW) Little Harbour where Ian hopes to bring wildlife closer to the children. Ian's son has a life limiting condition and the family regularly visit Little Harbour for respite breaks.
Funds from the auction will pay for feeders and nest boxes, a wildflower meadow, cameras and much more which will be installed so any visiting wildlife will be as visible as possible from all of the children's bedrooms. Remaining funds will go towards Little Harbour's annual running costs of £2 million.
Ian says "I do believe that wildlife and especially birdsong is very important for children and adults and stimulates our emotions even unconsciously, and what a delight a robin's song is".
'A Robin's Song' started small with a few donations from artists Ian knew and as word started to spread the donations of work grew rapidly and the exhibition now includes over 300 pieces from more than 120 artists worldwide.
'A Robin's Song' had a special preview at Truro Cathedral recently where Ian met many people who had popped in to see the artwork. Ian says "everyone has had their favourite painting or print, the selection is such a cross section of styles and subject matter. I am now receiving postal bids and letters of best wishes". The exhibition is currently at Wheal Martyn Clay Country Park until the 14th October.
'A Robin's Song' exhibition's next stop is Ian's Wildlife Studio and Gallery at 8 Church Street in Helston from 18th – 30th October between 11am and 2pm each day. Why not come along and take a look at the vast array of wildlife artworks and even pick out any that you may like to bid on at the auction in November. There will also be a selection of limited edition prints and cards available to buy or make a donation for at the exhibition.
This will be the last chance to see the entire exhibition together before the auction on the 3rd November at Merchant House Hotel in Truro at 3pm. So take this opportunity to immerse yourself in the art, choose your favourites and get the 3rd of November into your diary for the auction. This is an exhibition not to be missed.
Ian says "I believe this will be the most important and largest exhibition of wildlife art in the southwest with exceptional variety, styles and mediums from local, national and international artists. Something for everyone and perhaps a bargain as well".