Society member Ray Skingley will be exhibiting his artwork alongside other members of the Arun Art Society in their 2017 exhibition. The show takes place at Ferring Village Hall from Monday 31st July until Saturday 5th August, opening from 10am-5.30pm. On Thursday 3rd August the exhibition will open from 10am-8pm. Admission is free. During the exhibition there will be a raffle in aid of St Barnabas Hospice – the prize is a painting by a well-known artist – who that artist is I’m afraid the poster doesn’t reveal! Ray invites you along to find out, and to see his latest artwork!
I hope we have all now recovered from the 2017 Art Trail. My house is almost back to normal! Congratulations to all those Society members who took part this year and who sold work to visitors from near and far. Thanks to those who promoted the Society and who showed the local community the high standard of artwork created by Society members. I’ve added a new page under ‘Exhibitions’ for your photos of the trail and hope that you will send your images to me to be included on the page. Here is a landscape by our chairman Andrew, from Venue 65.
All this creativity bodes well for our Society exhibition this year. I’m really looking forward to the show at Colonnade House Gallery in December. I know it’s going to be a knockout exhibition during the run up to Christmas and with a display of affordable paintings, sculpture, textiles and more, as well as cards and Christmas decorations, in a gallery right in the heart of Worthing, Society members have a really good chance of making some sales. So start creating!
I was over in Chichester a week ago and happened to call in to the Oxmarket Art Gallery. I discovered a beautiful exhibition of artwork by Society member Aylin Dengizer-Sharp. If you didn’t manage to catch Aylin’s show you can see some images of the work here by going to the Exhibitions pages. I did ask for permission to take the photos before snapping away and I hope the images have done your work justice Aylin and you don’t mind me posting them on this site. I love your paintings – gorgeous colours and fabulous brush marks. I hope you made some sales!
On Saturday I once again visited the Open Art Exhibition at Worthing Museum. It was so crowded on the preview evening back in November that I didn’t really have a chance to look at all the work in detail. With Christmas out of the way and the New Year well and truly begun I had the time to revisit. The Society are very well represented at the show with seventeen pieces of artwork by Society members. I asked permission to photograph the work in situ and have added a new gallery page to this site. Here is an example – a beautiful painting of an oriental bowl and bamboo by our new Treasurer, Mary Russell. I also noticed a red dot on someone’s work! Well done Marie for making a sale! The exhibition is on until March so there is still time for another look. Well done to everyone who had work accepted. The standard was very high this year and I know that some very talented artists were disappointed. As a past selector and judge I know how difficult it is to choose the final selection but I was surprised this year of how much lovely work was not selected for the show.
This morning we dismantled the Autumn exhibition at Worthing Museum. The show had attracted a lot of interest with three new pages of very complimentary comments in the Society’s comments book. Thanks to everyone who helped out.
The show was opened by Worthing town crier and councillor Bob Smytherman, dressed in his full regalia, at our preview afternoon on the 5th November. Dramatically ringing his bell and apparently reining in his performance, although you wouldn’t know it, he declared the exhibition open and awarded the Juliet Pannett Rose Bowl to Michelle Watson and the highly commended certificates to Jane Keeley and Audrey Lee. Michelle’s painting had particular significance for Bob and artwork by the runners up also spoke to him on a very personal level. We are very grateful to Bob for giving up his time to judge the show, especially as he had other commitments on that day.
There is a new page on this site showing photos of the exhibition. I am also hoping to take some photos of Society members’ artwork in the Worthing Open Exhibition at the Museum, which started on Saturday. I can then add these to this website. I will be asking the Museum for permission in the next few weeks. The Society is well represented in the Worthing Open. Congratulations to all those who were able to get their artwork accepted. Competition was tough and there was definitely an element of pot-luck!
The Society’s Autumn Exhibition is nearly upon us. We will be hanging the show next week in Worthing Museum and, as you know, we open to the public on Saturday 5th November until 26th November.
Steve designed this fabulous poster for us, which I hope we can display around Worthing and the surrounding area. So spread the word and I will see all the participating Society members on drop-off day and at the preview afternoon on Saturday 5th.
Society member Jane Keeley will be showing her fabulous sculptures at St Nicholas Church, London Road, Arundel BN18 9AT from Tuesday 16th to Monday 29th August. The last 10 days of the exhibition coincide with the Arundel Gallery Trail. Jane is showing her work alongside the work of ten other selected artists, all members of the Sussex Sculptors Society, in the exquisite historical church of St Nicholas. If you missed seeing Jane’s work in the recent Worthing Art Trail then don’t miss this chance to see her exceptional sculptures, which combine different materials in an innovative and often humorous way. The opening hours are as follows: Mon-Thurs 11-5.30; Friday 10.30-12 and 1-5.30; Saturday 20th 10.30-5.30; Saturday 27th: 10.30-1 and Sunday 12-5.30. You can see more of Jane’s work on her website: https://janekeeley.wordpress.com
The website for the Arundel Gallery trail, where you can see the map and find out venue numbers is http://www.arundelgallerytrail.co.uk
Society member Claire Garcka will be exhibiting some of her artwork in an exhibition at the Oxmarket Gallery in Chichester – 19th to 30th July 2016. ‘The Naive Eye’ is an exhibition of work by the Association of British Naive Artists. The Private View is on the 18th July from 6pm-9pm and Claire invites all Society members to come along. Some of you will remember Claire’s beautiful, colourful paintings from our own Society Exhibition last year. If you would like to see more of her work, visit the website of the Association of British Naive Artists where Claire has her own page.
I would love to add your WAOH venues to the Exhibitions page of this site. I’ve already made a page to feature the artwork in Venue 34 which included work by 5 society members. I know that many Society members took part in the Worthing Artists’ Open Houses art trail so please send me your photos so that I can create a page to feature the artwork in your venue. It’s great to have a record of all the amazing work created throughout the year as we look forward to our own Society exhibition in November so please keep your images and info coming in to my email address and I will ensure that you are featured on this site.
Many of us in the Society are participating in the Worthing Artists’ Open Houses. I’ve been waiting to hear all about your venues so that I can spread the word, but unfortunately no word yet! So this is just a reminder that there is only one more weekend to go if you would like to visit and see other society members’ artwork.
My house, Venue 34, features paintings by our chairman Andrew Griffiths, digital artwork by our Programme Secretary Steve Carroll, and artwork by members Maureen Hagger and Marcus Finch, as well as my own paintings and drawings. Venue 34 is also showing beautiful jewellery, sculpture and painting from other artists – eight in all. I will post some photos soon and hopefully you will send me yours so that the achievements of all Society members who participated in the trail can be featured on this site.