Special Art exhibition at Rayleigh Windmill from June 28 until July 19

By Times Reporter in Community News

A RAYLEIGH couple whose daughter was an artist, but who died when she was just 30, are staging an exhibition of her work at Rayleigh Windmill from June 28 until July 19.

Nicki Price was an artist and, apart from some of her pictures which have been on display in the houses of the rest of the family, many have been wrapped up and stored away.

Her parents, Jan and Graham Price, and family had felt uneasy about displaying her pictures but they were sure that Nicki would not have liked the fact that her work has been hidden away for so long.

Mr Price explained: “Recently we learned that Rochford Council was offering space at Rayleigh Windmill in Bellingham Lane for art exhibitions; we applied and our turn is happening shortly.

“We would love friends and neighbours to visit. We will simply be pleased that they have attended for a chat and a viewing.

“The windmill is an interesting building to visit in any event. Our exhibition will be on the second floor and we would like you to be aware that it is reached by two flights of steep stairs.”

Admission to the building is free but the council suggest that a contribution of £1 per person towards the upkeep of the building would be welcomed.

Nicki moved to Rayleigh in 1971, attended Grove and Fitzwimarc schools. ??Nicki wanted to be an artist from a young age - starting with painting by numbers, and portraits of family members; and at Fitzwimarc school, teachers, Mr Boygle and Mr Dickens notably, supported her aims and ambitions to make art her passion and career. ??

After attending Southend, then Barnet Colleges of Art, she became a graphic designer, ultimately setting up her own very successful business.

Nicki was diagnosed with breast cancer age 30, and despite the removal of the tumour and medication, sadly at the five-year mark, Nicki was informed that her cancer was back and incurable. She died in 2009.

Nicki’s greatest ambition was to hold her own exhibition - which she managed to do twice in the last few years of her life with great success; also gaining a place in the Summer Exhibition at The

Royal Academy.

Her father commented: “After her death, we have been fortunate enough to enjoy having her art displayed in our homes, but also to have many items wrapped and stored, and it will be hard, yet a pleasure, to unwrap these, display them at the Windmill, and offer them for sale to anyone who loves her art as much as we do.”

Mr and Mrs Price will be at The Windmill with her works at the following times.

Saturday, 1st July 1pm - 4pm Sunday, 2nd July 1pm - 4pm Wednesday, 5th July 10am - 1pm Saturday, 8th July 1pm - 4pm Sunday, 9th July 1pm - 4pm Wednesday, 12th July 10am - 1pm Sunday, 16th July 1pm - 4pm

Wednesday, 19th July 10am - 1pm

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