Friday, 14 December 2012

Andrew Dandridge (artist)

I recently stumbled across an Andrew Dandridge exhibition by accident when visiting Cow Pie at Until The Cows Come Home. He had a two day event at the English Wine Centre and they had a giant poster along their fence so I popped in on my way back to Berwick station. This 21st annual exhibition was held in a gorgeous oak barn which really suited the work on show. Over ninety paintings were displayed and the barn was nicely full with at least a dozen visitors all the time I was there.

Andrew Dandridge is a prolific painter with, I am told, over 3,500 original paintings to his name. He lives near to Eastbourne and a large proportion of his work is landscapes of our local area and the South Downs National Park. He works predominantly in traditional watercolour and gouache. I recognised several views from walks my partner and I have taken and was also surprised to spot one painting - Walking by the Wey Canal at Guildford - which looks along the Guildford to Godalming towpath. We recently walked there on a weekend break as Dave used to live in the area. My favourite painting had a different, more contemporary feel about it to the others as it shows two slightly battered rowing boats - Boats in the Moonlight - although my eye was also caught by Lullington Winter, the ancient little church depicted in snow.

The English Wine Centre is just by the Drusillas roundabout, on the Alfriston Road. Its restaurant specialises in locally sourced meals and the centre is a popular wedding venue. Apparently there are 140 varieties of English wine available in the Wine Shop with specialists on hand to advise if, like me, you find that quite an intimidating number, and boutique guest rooms are available to book so you need not worry about driving home!

This exhibition was over the weekend of the 17th/18th November 2012 and I do not know of any further events in the near future. However, you can 'Like' Andrew's Facebook page to be kept updated.

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