Thursday, 6 December 2012

Polegate Sketching & Painting Group

The annual exhibition of the Polegate Sketching And Painting Group was held at St John's Church Hall last Saturday. Nineteen of the twenty-seven members chose to exhibit work and there were also tables with beautiful dolls, needlecraft, greetings cards and metalwork. 

I already knew that Jasmin Stringer was going to be there and quickly spotted her colourful flower and butterfly oil paintings as soon as I arrived. Most of the other artists were new names to me though and I enjoyed discovering their work. Animals were a popular theme and I liked Bette Hubbard's pastel Owl which glares out at anyone daring to approach him. Gillian Henning's Sparrow Hawk had a similar arrogance and I also liked her pastel portrait of a goat, Billy. Rita Reakes' Where's Breakfast made me smile. A grey pony looks expectantly out of his stall and Rita has accurately caught his expression.
An acrylic by Sheila Lower appealed to me as being a bit different. Yesterday is a nostalgic painting of a vintage car sadly rusting away in long grass. Watercolours also featured and my two favourites were Dancers by Kay Noble, which sadly was not for sale, and Chinese Lanterns by Wendy Pegler. This was a deceptively simple painting with eyecatching oranges and reds. The high spot for me was a trio of Eastbourne In The Rain scenes by Hugh Lowries, especially the seafront one where people are braving the Prom under their umbrellas!

The Polegate Sketching And Painting Group began in the early 1990s as an excuse for three people to get out of the house. There are now effectively two groups, one meeting on Monday evenings and the other on Tuesday mornings, and they all come together for various social events during the year. Richard Liley, BA (Hons), FRSA, RTS is the tutor and alternates between led work one week and members working on their own projects the following week. An example of the led work was shown at the exhibition where several paintings of the same garden shed scene were exhibited. It was interesting to see the different approaches to the subject that had been employed and how artists had applied their own style to the work.

If you are interested in joining, places have become available to start from the 7th of January 2013. I believe meetings are held at the Bernhard Baron Cottage Homes and the Community Centre respectively and you will need to have expressed an interest before attending. I briefly met the Treasurer, Bruce Margrett, at the exhibition and you can call him on 01323 484568 to find out more.