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Exhibition to commemorate Hampton-in-Arden artist

An art exhibition is to be held in Hampton-in-Arden to commemorate the work of a celebrated local painter

Marie Curie Hospice in Solihull
Marie Curie Hospice in Solihull

An art exhibition is to be held in Hampton-in-Arden to commemorate the work of a celebrated local painter.

Ray Parker, who died aged 73 in the Marie Curie Hospice in Solihull last December, lived in Hampton all his life and painted many pictures of the picturesque village.

His family are putting on show scores of framed originals, limited edition prints and postcards showing local scenes.

Several pictures will be offered for sale and other items can also be bought. All the proceeds from the exhibition will go to Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Ray’s daughter, Vanessa Banks, said: “Dad spent the last four weeks of his life at the Marie Curie Hospice and the staff there do an amazing job.

“We were so grateful that the hospice was there to provide the care he needed in his final days that we decided to raise money for it.”

Ray, a typographer by trade who used to work for an advertising agency at Knowle, played a very active part in Hampton life.

He was a parish councillor, school governor, chairman of Hampton Arts and Crafts Society, church steward and leader of the local conservation group. Ray left a widow, Pamela, two daughters and four grandchildren.

The memorial exhibition will take place at Fentham Hall, in Marsh Lane, on Sunday April 28, from 10am to 5pm. Admission is £1, children free.

There will also be a raffle to win an original painting and a children’s art activity table.

 

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