Award-winning artist’s design a huge hit for Bluebell Wood

26th October 2020

An award-winning Sheffield artist’s beautiful winter depiction of a famous local landmark is set to spread festive cheer to homes across the region once again.

For the sixth year in a row, Margaret Ellis has lovingly crafted the watercolour design for one of Bluebell Wood’s exclusive Christmas cards to raise much-needed funds for the hospice.

Over 10,000 of the artist’s ever-popular cards depicting iconic local landmarks have been sold since she began working her magic for Bluebell Wood in 2014 – with her latest flying off the shelves.

This year’s yuletide original shows Chatsworth House from afar, covered in a blanket of snow as a group of children put the finishing touches to a snowman.

“It really is a lovely thought to know people across the region will have a piece of my work on display at Christmas,” said Margaret, whose work is often seen in local galleries, at the Great Sheffield Art Show and Art in The Gardens.

“As an artist it’s about finding a home for your work in the hope that people will enjoy what you have spent so much time creating.

“It really is a great pleasure working with such an incredible local charity and the fact that my work is helping to raise funds to support local families makes it all the more satisfying.”

Margaret had a long and varied career teaching in local schools and colleges, and since retirement has been teaching eager local amateurs from her purpose-built studio in Ecclesall.

The artist’s latest effort is just one of Bluebell Wood’s many Christmas cards now on sale, with all the profits going towards the charity’s life-changing work.

From fellow Sheffield artist Kate Morgan’s exclusive depiction of Sheffield’s Botanical Gardens to a range of festive favourites, the charity has Christmas cards to suit all tastes.

Bluebell Wood’s Christmas cards are on sale at £3 per pack of 10 cards, and can be bought at any Bluebell Wood charity shop or online at https://www.bluebellwood.org/our-christmas-cards-and-gifts

Terri Hanson, Head of Retail at Bluebell Wood, said: “We sell thousands of Christmas cards every year to our wonderful supporters and each and every penny helps us be there for local families through the festive period and beyond.

“The brilliant Margaret’s stunning designs are always firm favourites so it’s no surprise they’re in high demand.

“It’s been fantastic to start this festive period with record numbers of our cards being sold so if you want to buy a pack or two, we’d recommend getting in fast!”

As well as Christmas cards, Bluebell Wood has a range of fantastic festive gifts, stocking fillers and face coverings available in its online shop which can be found at https://www.bluebellwood.org/shop

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