Friday, 9 November 2012

Eastbourne Christmas Open Houses (art)

Emma Mason Gallery
There will be a wonderful array of art on show for this year's Eastbourne Christmas Open Houses, the fifth year that the event has taken place. Over fifty artists all over the town will be opening the doors of their studios and workspaces to the public, some as solo exhibitions and others sharing space. There is also an concurrent exhibition at the Birley Centre featuring the works of eighteen artists, and a similar event at the Redoubt Fortress featuring nine artists. Plus, the Emma Mason Gallery will have a new exhibition entitled Into The Ark.

Eastbourne Christmas Open Houses will take place over 2 weekends - the 24th/25th of November and the 1st/2nd December - and there is a great pdf brochure listing all the venues, their artists, and their opening hours & days. As well as paintings and drawings, there will also be jewellery, ceramics, textiles, sculpture, paper cutting and glasswork. Several artists are planning to sell Christmas cards and decorations and some venues will also be offering cup cakes, mince pies and mulled wine. Take advantage of the opportunities to snap up unusual gifts for friends & family and, of course, for yourself!

Eastbourne Promenade at Dusk by Paul Liddiard
Some local artists who have previously caught my eye are noted here and I am hoping to discover several more! Christine Chester and Roz Nathan are opening Studio Eleven over the second weekend to show their textile art and wildlife paintings. I'm not sure whether to visit Letheren Place for Paul Liddiard's House which is also open over the second weekend. I bought a wonderful miniature painting of his at the Lansdowne exhibition in the summer and the temptation to get a 'pair' for it might be too great! Vicki Disney, whose work I liked at the Hailsham Arts Festival exhibition, is showing alongside jeweller Christina Pyemont in Chamberlain Road on both weekends. And ceramicist Anne Barrell, who has a stall at the Terminus Road Art Expo, will be sharing space with work from Anne De Geus, Ann Johnson, Cat Ingrams, Irene Runayker and Until The Cows Come Home artist, Fiona Morrison.

Various venues across Eastbourne, late morning to late afternoon, 
Sat 24th and Sun 25th Nov, Sat 1st and Sun 2nd Dec.
Free admission.

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