Children from Jesse Gray school have produced a collage based on the picture “Late Snow at Sharphill Woods”.
Hilda Elizabeth Smart ( 1901 – 1992 ) was a local artist with a wider reputation who lived for many years on Boundary Road in sight of Sharphill Wood.In 1959 her painting ” LATE SNOW AT SHARPHILL WOODS ” was exhibited at the prestigious Society of Women Artists in London. Later this striking landscape formed part of the Borough Council’s Art Collection put up for Auction in November 2015.
Aided by a grant from the Rushcliffe Residents Association Sharphill Fund ” LATE SNOW ” was purchased by the Sharphill Action Group to be viewed once again by people of the Borough for whom it was originally intended.
In 2016 the painting has been on view at The Henry Brewer Gallery in West Bridgford town centre and more recently at St Paul’s church on Boundary Road where Hilda Smart was a parishioner.
Given that the original artwork captures a local landscape that is vulnerable to future development, it was an inspirational notion by the Reverend Chris Hodder at St Paul’s to invite local Primary pupils to draw and paint Hilda’s self same slopes.This proved a rewarding activity for Year 3 Jesse Gray children in July.The result is a large and attractive collage which has been admired by Community Groups and congregational members for many weeks.
Plans for viewing the original painting in the new year will be posted on this website.In the meantime Prints can be obtained from the Henry Brewer Gallery at 3 Tudor Square NG2 6BT tel: 0115 9811623.