There’s a wonderful variety of work on display at an art exhibition which takes place at Isfield Village Hall today and tomorrow (Saturday and Sunday, September 5 and 6).
It ranges from the larger than life fabulous snakes and apple blossom on ply by Dan Johnson who is known for his love of the burlesque, and outsized pastels of vintage utility objects – such as kettles and colanders – by Janine Shute, writes Cathy Watson.
There are photographs by Debbie Lias capturing her favourite Brighton scenes – she spends hours watching and waiting for the perfect shots – and digital artworks from Mark Munroe-Preston.
Mark uses his photographs taken on dog walk as the starting point for his works which he builds up in layers, finally printing some on aluminium and others on fine art paper.
The exhibition will be open today from 11am to 6pm and tomorrow from 11am until 5pm. Visitors are asked to wear masks – the artists featured here took theirs off only briefly to have their photographs taken.
There are handmade bags and quilts in glorious colour from Sue Williams and jewellery in silver and gold by Lisa Hamilton featuring a selection of coloured gemstones and a sparkle of diamonds.
Many of Lisa’s pieces are inspired by the botanist, herbalist, physician and astrologer Nicholas Culpeper who catalogued hundreds of medicinal herbs. She has created, for example, Feverfew earrings.
Look out for a beautiful portrait of a toddler by Tommy Merryfield, I’m sure you will enjoy soaking up its atmosphere.
See too the work of potter Stef Hunter, which is inspired by the sea and nature – one of her latest pots reflects her reading of Brighton pier – and that of her sculptor husband Nigel Hunter who has returned to one of his favourite scenes with Meanders 2 based on Cuckmere Haven.
And don’t miss the quirky works of artist Annie McManus who experiments with colour and line, and says she enjoys weirdness and comedy as well as more traditional still life and landscape.
Contrasting again are works by Stuart Bass who applies inks to canvas using a mixture of paint brush and airbrush techniques building layers to give warmth and depth.
The organisers of the Made in Isfield exhibition, which is part of the Artwave Festival, are Karen Potter and Adele Scantlebury. Adele works are prints using woodblocks while Karen prints using lithographs and lino cuts.