As always, we were pleased to host a selection of GCSE work from Rye College - the students are the local, and perhaps the international, artists of tomorrow. Thanks to Head of Faculty, Lauren Loveless, for curating the exhibition.
The examination gives scope for lots of different two- and three-dimensional art in answer to technical and visual questions.
The show was lively, vibrant and sometimes political with views on current affairs and the challenges of living in our world.
Due to the forthcoming retirement of Michael Miller and Dr Fanny Baldwin, we have been looking for 2 new trustees to take their place on the Board.
Following his 5 year period as Chair, Michael took on a treasurer role while Fanny has been the nominee of the Royal Academy, as required by the Trust Deed, for the last 6 years.
Following advertisement and applications we are delighted to announce the appointment of Susy Benn to the RA nominated role and Julian Day to the Finance role. Julian will also lead on management of the Collection.
Further vacancies will soon be advertised here and by email or letter to our supporters.
In early June we were held spellbound by Edward's knowledge and enthusiasm for the art of Sir Frank Short.
The Gallery holds 55 of Short's prints as part of the Collection and some were on display in the exhibition around us. Detailed copies of many others by Short and those who influenced him were passed around the group as Edward described what we were seeing. He gave us a wonderful mixture of information about the artist, his friends, the art world of Short's time, the many techniques used and the sheer skill and originality of Short's visual language.
Edward Twohig is first and formost a printmaker and RE but also a warm and enthusiastic speaker and teacher.
The image shows him with four works by Short in the current exhibition.
Many thanks to all who attended our recent Discussion Meeting and contributed so helpfully. The meeting was hosted by Chair of the Gallery, Trevor Llanwarne CB, and trustee Dr Fanny Baldwin.
Trevor updated on the recent agreement by the Charities Commission for us to reinstate Subscribers to the Gallery, who would have benefits in return for Subscriptions - more anon. He also announced that we will soon be advertising trustee vacancies due to forthcoming autumn retirements.
Fanny informed on the Events programme this year, the 2018 Stormont Awards and answered questions on Collection management.
Participants were warmly generous in sharing their areas of interest and skill and we will be responding to your expressions of help and support.
Writer and researcher Roger Staton is shown here ready for the detailed and interesting talk he gave recently at the Gallery.
He has been researching the history of etching for 20 years and is the author of two books on printmakers. He runs a Twitter feed on the etching revival.
The event ran in support of our current print exhibitions in May and June - contemporary works for sale in the downstairs galleries and Collection pieces by Piranesi and Short in Studio Gallery 6.
The photo shows our Director, Jane Fenn, and Trustee Kate Van Der Pump, receiving a cheque from Kate Sims at the Rye Community Shop to be spent on continuing our Stormont Award Scheme for children this autumn.
You can find out about the scheme by visiting our Stormont Awards page here on the website. The scheme is especially designed to encourage the creating of two-dimensional artwork by children in our local Primary Schools. There is a full write-up and pictures from last year on the page.
We will share this year's plans with you as they unfold.
Here are 'Stables Studio Artists' who are the four artists showing in the selling exhibition 'Common Ground' in Gallery 3 in March-April. For details see our Exhibitions and Events page.
From left to right: Anny Evason, Denise Franklin, Sarah Palmer and Sally Cole.
The photo was taken at an exhibition of their work in another venue and so we can't vouch whether the bottles are an art work or not...
The Opening Reception saw many artists and Gallery supporters gather to browse, enjoy and buy from the impressive range of work on show. The Society's work filled Gallery 4, the Lobby and Gallery 5 with art and craft in all manner of styles and a feast of colour - something for everyone.
These occasions are also a chance to catch up with friends - and to make new ones who have an interest in art.
The show is on until 22nd April with all works for sale - replenished where sold.
Many thanks to Gardening Volunteer, artist Davida Smith, who has been hard at work tidying up the terrace and beginning to replant our pots.
Just planted are some grape hyacinths. Lavender and other plants are to come.
Many thanks to Davida.
We await with trepidation the advent of the usual seagulls' nest on the flat roof and the resulting battery of sticks and squawks!