The late Sheila Hay who will be remembered at a Macmillan coffee morning at Fuller & Scott Funeral Directors on Friday, September 27.

Uckfield artist Sheila Hay to be remembered at Macmillan coffee morning

Uckfield funeral directors Fuller & Scott are holding a Macmillan coffee morning in memory of artist Sheila Hay.

It will take place on Friday, September 27, from 10am to noon and all are welcome to attend, enjoy refreshments, and see some of Sheila’s work in the Fuller & Scott window in Civic Approach.

If you can’t make that date then you are invited to take a look at the window display another time and still pop in for a cuppa. The display will be in place from Monday, September 16, to Monday, October 7.

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A cheetah in one of Sheila Hay’s safari animal paintings.

Sheila’s work has regularly been on show in the Fuller & Scott window over the past few years and funeral arranger Karen Crisp said she and her colleagues, funeral director Tony Fear, and funeral arranger Debbie Lynam, became very fond of her.

Karen said: “She was one of those people with a big personality. She was lovely, softly spoken, and very humble about her work which is beautiful.”

Sheila, who lived West Park, Uckfield, died aged 81 in May. Her husband Maxwell died two-and-a-half-years ago.

Self-taught

Sheila’s daughter Cathy McGrath said her mother was a self-taught artist and from a young age would sit and sketch for many hours.

She was encouraged by her art teachers at school to develop her skills and pursued her talents as a greetings card artist, floral card designer and wildlife artist.

Her work was mainly in gouache but she also produced stunning pencil sketches of safari wildlife. She exhibited with many art societies at exhibitions in the south east.

Best Painting

Sheila was an active member of the Uckfield Art Group and her works were often voted Best Painting by those attending exhibitions.

Even now Sheila’s artwork can still be bought as prints and greetings cards soon to appear on Etsy under the name SHayArtWork. They will also be for sale – payment by cash or cheque – during the Fuller & Scott event.

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