Memorial exhibition part of unique Havant borough arts trail

ART One of Paddy Smith's sculptures
ART One of Paddy Smith's sculptures
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THE work of a talented sculptor who dedicated his life to art is one of the highlight’s of this weekend’s May Days Arts Trail.

Artists across Havant, Waterlooville and Leigh Park will be opening their homes and studios for the annual event which sees hundreds of art lovers pick up original pieces direct from the artists.

Paddy Smith passed away last year aged 86. He was a well-known teacher in Leigh Park and Petersfield but once he retired he concentrated on wood sculptures –particularly animals.

Sue Krug will be hosting an exhibition of his work at Hart Plain Church, Waterlooville, on Saturday and Sunday.

She said: ‘He was always so enthusiastic, and encouraged all his fellow students, including myself,

‘Paddy left a room full of drawings, representing hours of hard work and honed skills.

‘They’re mostly in charcoal or pastel, and are on rough paper. Some are one or two-minute sketches, others finished drawings.

‘Paddy’s family, from Canada, are happy for people to give them a good home, in exchange for a modest donation to the Minstead Study Centre.’

Over at Making Space, in Bishopstoke Road, Leigh Park, craftsmen and women will be opening their studios.

There are seven Havant artists. To find out what’s going on where go to maydaysartstrail.co.uk