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Make a ‘note’ to help Hospice Prince Edward

Hospice executive director Nancy Parks and volunteers Melissa Dunnett and Elyse McKittrick show off the new fundraising note cards and poster using pen and ink drawings by Picton artist Ruby Young.

A quick note to friends and family will benefit Hospice Prince Edward thanks to Picton artist Ruby Young.
Her pen and ink drawings of landmark and heritage buildings in Prince Edward County are now featured on note cards and on a poster designed to help raise funds for Hospice to provide free-of-charge palliative and bereavement support to County families and individuals of all ages.
Young got the idea to donate her drawings to the cause after making a presentation earlier this year, of one of her prints of the old Picton hospital to Fran Renoy on behalf of the PECM Hospital Auxiliary. It was hung in the new corridor at the hospital.
“I just wanted to help out. I got the idea to help Hospice while talking to Fran,” said Young, 83. “I was surprised to hear that people liked them well enough to want copies and have them in their home.”
Ruby has created a series of drawings featuring many of the County’s historically significant buildings.
Two sets of note cards, and the poster, will debut for sale at the Busy Hands sale this weekend, upstairs at Books & Company. Busy Hands is open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The set of four note cards includes Young’s pen and ink images of the Fosterholm Sugar Shack, VanAlstine’s Mill at Glenora, the water wheel building at the former Quinte Isle Landscaping site and The Hepburn House, on Main Street, Picton. The set of two includes cheerful depictions of Ruby’s cats, Shylock and Mickey.
The Jewels of the County poster was created with the assistance of Paulette Greer at SideStreet Gallery and Graham Chapman, of The Print Practice. It is a standard 16×20 for easy framing and features Young’s images of The Hepburn House, Picton Manor, The Norton Homestead, Wellington church, Benson Hall, the Ameliasburgh church museum, Hubbs Sugar Shack, the old Whattam Funeral Home, Black Creek Chapel, Devonshire Inn, Fosterholm Sugar Shack and the VanAlstine’s Mill at Glenora.
All feature Ruby’s trademark signature – a tiny mouse, with the letters “R” and “Y”.
“We are thrilled that Ruby was willing to share her beautiful artwork with us for this project,” says Nancy Parks, Hospice executive director.
If you’re unable to attend Busy Hands, note cards and posters may be ordered by visiting Hospice Prince Edward on the second floor at PECM hospital; by calling 613-476-2181 x4253 or by emailing pecmhospice@qhc.on.ca

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