Gallery News

Colour Theory Lectures in February with John Fewster, FCSD

John Fewster is a graphic designer specialising in corporate identity, communications, branding and advertising projects. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers.

We are lucky to be able to offer the fascinating series of lectures by John that we have advertised on our Exhibitions and Events page for February-March.
You can find out more about his work with corporate and private clients on his website, along with images of his work.

Colour Theory Colour Wheel

Gallery Christmas Party for the Friends, December 2019

A happy atmosphere, copious food and drink, with Friends relaxing and chatting at the party.

The photo shows guests listening as Trevor Llanwarne, Chair of the Board, gave a brief update and thanked colleagues and staff for putting on the event.

See also the entry below for some news he shared with us.

Xmas Party Guests Dec19

Some happy news was shared!

Here are Trevor and Heidi who are to be married next year.
Dr Heidi Whitlow, like Trevor, is an actuary and has generously been volunteer Book Keeper at the Gallery for the last year.

All Friends and guests at the party showed their warm congratulations and we wish them every happiness.

Trevor Heidi Dec19

Oil Painting Masterclass with Dani Humberstone SWA, December 2019

Six artists focus on their painting in Studio Gallery 6 with Dani.
One of her specialities is still life painting, especially of fruit in a super-realistic style against a dark background. Intense observation of shape, colour and light informs her deceptively simple images which are built up through intricate layers and juxtapositions of colour.

For examples of Dani's work, see the entry below and also the current exhibition photos elsewhere on this site.

Dani Humberstone Oil Painting Masterclass 1 Dec19

Clay Sculpture Demonstration with Marie Prett, November 2019

A rapt audience watched as Marie explained types of clay, tools, techniques and her philosophy - narrative is important. Here she is part way through creating a horse and rider.

When complete, the sculpture will be painted with pigment and fired. Glazes may be added to highlight eyes, nose or certain colours.

It could have turned into a zebra or a unicorn. Marie can fly unaided with people, horses and dogs but has to research the fine details on more exotic animals - elephant's eyebrows, she said...

Marie Prett Clay Sculpture Horse S Mane Nov19

Charcoal Drawing Demonstration with Will Taylor RBA, November 2019

Here is Will starting his in-depth talk and impressive demonstration of drawing in charcoal by showing examples of the kinds of paper that he uses.

The audience remained entranced for two hours despite this being a 'come and go' situation!
He generously answered many questions so that observers learned about materials, techniques, resources and mark-making as they watched Will create a full-scale portrait drawing of a sheep.

Will Taylor Paper For Charcoal Nov19

Triptych - Preview Party, 15th November 2019

Chair of Trustees, Trevor Llanwarne CB chats with the Mayor of Rye, Cllr Michael Boyd.

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Triptych - Dani Humberstone SWA with Susy Benn

Dani (left) and trustee Susy stand in front of Dani's still life oil painting - Planet Big Apple.

Galleries 1-5 are all full of our three artists' work - a mixed hang and display creating a vibrant and exciting visual experience.

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Yolanda McKean - Exhibition Closing Reception, November 2019

Gallery visitors and guests enjoyed meeting Yolanda at the closing Reception of her show.
She trained at Edinburgh College of Art and exhibits in London, in Edinburgh where she lives, in Glasgow and now in Rye.

Yolanda paints both domestic indoor spaces and wilderness, working from life and often outside.

In the photo she is standing in front of one of her larger paintings. The layered colours and marks are an unusual combination of watercolour and oil.

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Harp Recital by Sue Rothstein - 26th October 2019

An appreciative audience of Friends and Gallery supporters warmly welcomed the international harpist and composer Sue Rothstein. We sat spell-bound throughout her programme which included 3 Dream Studies composed by Sue herself.

To echo the exhibition 'Flowers Reunited' in the Studio Gallery upstairs, Sue included her arrangement of 3 traditional tunes called 'Flowers from three Nations'.

Before the recital there was an informal chat by trustee Julian Day about the flower paintings on show by Mary Stormont and other artists, drawn from the Permanent Collection.

Sue Rothstein Harpist