January 20th 2018 saw the invitation Opening Party for David Crew's retrospective exhibition, now on show in Studio Gallery 6.
The Gallery was awash with friends and lenders admiring a spectacular Rye-based spread of paintings and drawings. Discovering the overlaying of images, the mixing of scale, the dissolving of inside and outside spaces set free the imagination. Viewers were able to dwell on time, space and landscape both actual and metaphoric.
The photo includes Dr Fanny Baldwin, one of the lenders, with artists Steve Duffy and Angela Delf. David is immersed in conversation!
Here is David Crew supervising the hang of his exhibition according to detailed plans he had drawn up.
Gallery stalwarts, Isabelle Sambrook, Curator and Matt Hardman, Gallery artist and Design Technician, start work.
The photograph, and the one above, was taken by John Kitcher who was the contact for lenders, who sorted insurance and undertook the exhibition graphics,
To help us formulate the re-instatement of 'Subscribers', as allowed for by the Trust Deed, a questionnaire has been sent to all on our New Mailing List and they have also been invited to one of the two informal Discussion meetings to be held at the Gallery this month.
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The pen and ink drawing of the Gallery is by Brian Hargreaves and is in our Permanent Collection.
Ed and Brian weaving magic for children at our recent Festival 'Toyland in Rye' story afternoon.
Brian is a children's poet with over 200 books and anthologies to his name. He describes himself as a writer, performance poet, percussionist and editor.
Ed creates quirky and memorable pictures and new visual worlds for children's stories. He describes himself as an illustrator, writer, performer and educator.
Their books are on sale at the Gallery.
As part of our offering to the Rye Christmas Festival, Richard Adams tutored one of his regular Pastels Workshops at the Gallery.
Richard is one of our best-loved artists and has a national following and Collector base. We love showing his work for its immense skill and versatility in the medium. No wishy-washy fuzzy images here, just spectacular skill and fertile, humorous imagination.
Participants always enthralled.
Here is the pastel by Richard Adams that you see in the Gallery festive Window picture below.
Our Christmas window featuring Rachel Larkin's wooden puppets, Kate Oliver's magical masks and a pastel painting by Richard Adams.
To date the Gallery has used a 'paper-plus-computer' trail for our sales of Contemporary Art and Craft, cards and merchandise.
You can imagine the intense admin needed to log the receipt of work from artists, stock lists including artist details, medium, title, price, display, then the sale and financial record-keeping and book-keeping for each item.
In order to reduce the paper element to the minimum at the desk and link simultaneously to our book-keeping office, we are currently engaged in the purchase of a purpose-designed EPOS system which will be up and running in the New Year.
Here are Helen and Jane problem-solving at the Reception and Sales desk.
We received 125 entries to our FISH competition for younger students, the entries being selected by teachers at the 5 invited Schools.
For a full write-up, go to the separate Stormont Awards page here on the website - (see our menu on the left.)
The photo shows Trevor Llanwarne, Chair of Trustees, Rye Mayor, Councillor Jonathan Breeds, who presented the prizes and Kate van Der Pump the competition organiser.
The photo is shown here with thanks to Rye News.
Gallery artist Clare Mitchell had work accepted by the Royal Society of Marine Artists for their annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London.
Clare sold 2 out of 3 paintings accepted and all 5 of her miniatures! Many congratulations are in order!
The one illustrated here is 'Beachy Head Shore' - an oil on board. You can see other examples of her work on our 'Gallery Artists - Paintings' pages elsewhere on the website.