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Consultations - January 2018

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.

More information on our 'Support Us' page.

The pen and ink drawing of the Gallery is by Brian Hargreaves and is in our Permanent Collection.

Brian Hargreaves Rye Art Gallery

'Stories with Pictures' - a children's event with Ed Boxall and Brian Moses

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.

Ed Boxall Story Telling2 9Dec17

Richard Adams tutors a Pastels Workshop

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.

Richard Adams Pastels Workshop Dec17

The mermaid picture in the Window - Richard Adams

Here is the pastel by Richard Adams that you see in the Gallery festive Window picture below.

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Christmas Window 2017

Our Christmas window featuring Rachel Larkin's wooden puppets, Kate Oliver's magical masks and a pastel painting by Richard Adams.

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Electronic Point of Sale - (EPOS) - soon!

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.

Helen And Jane May17 Lores

Stormont Awards - Prize-giving 4th Nov 2017

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.

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Halloween window 2017

Skulls from Rye College students - on sale.

Unique painted ceramics.

Skulls From Rye College Oct17

Clare Mitchell shows in the Royal Society of Marine Artists' Exhibition, Oct 2017

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.

Clare Mitchell Beachy Head Shore. Oil On Board.

Fiona Graham-Mackay - The Art of Portrait Painting

During Rye Arts Festival, September 2017, the portrait artist Fiona Graham-Mackay gave a fascinating illustrated talk at the Gallery about her work which also featured on Radio 4.

The BBC have asked Fiona to do more programmes in the series 'A Portrait of...' She has now completed portraits of actor Juliet Stevenson, opera singer Danny De Niese, and Ed Watson, principal dancer at the Royal Ballet.

The programmes are being broadcast on Thursday 26th October at 11.30am on Radio 4 and on the following two Thursdays at the same time.

We are delighted that she will be returning to the Gallery in the coming year.

Fiona Graham Mackay Painting Andrew Motion