HELEN BURTON: Artists’ open house supports Pevensey Incredible Edible project

Helen Burton SUS-160113-100959001
Helen Burton SUS-160113-100959001

Last weekend I opened my home to the public as part of the Eastbourne Artists’ Open Houses event.

Now, I’m no artist, anyone who has seen my work will attest to that, but I’m always looking for ways to bring my community together, support local businesses and raise money for my projects so being part of this event seemed like a good idea. Although I’m a member of our local Pevensey Bay Art Group my paintings are not really fit for public consumption, however I do know a lot of arty people locally, so I gathered together some local artists and craft-makers and we set up my home with various tables of knitted goods, ceramics, jewellery, fabric crafts and of course there were lots of paintings for sale too. It was great fun and there was some beautiful work available. Julie Snowball is a ceramicist who usually exhibits her work at the Chalk Gallery in Lewes, but she lives about five minutes from me so she had a table of her work available. Barbara Butterworth has only lived in Pevensey Bay for a few weeks but has already thrown herself into the Incredible Edible project and come to a Pevensey Volunteers meeting, so it was lovely to see her beautiful ceramics on display too.. One of the artists displaying her work, Vincenza Osmond, has been a Facebook friend of mine for a while. We met at an Eastbourne Peoples’ Assembly meeting but had only talked once. I’ve been following her political posts but when she started sharing images of her work on Facebook I fell in love with it and I just had to invite her to the open house weekend. (I couldn’t resist spending money I don’t really have on one of her paintings either). Jeremy James was selling some wooden planters and has offered to make some honeycomb shaped ones for our Pevensey shopping area planting scheme which should look lovely and tie in with our bee-friendly plants. Trine Moes’ artisanal marshmallows went down a storm too, we only had a couple of bags of them left. Thanks must also go to Paula Bates, Julie Pearce, and Lois Pursglove for offering their lovely work for sale, my lounge seems very empty now without it all! I was selling teas, coffee, cakes and vegan burgers and hot dogs, and through food and drink sales and our plant stall we raised £135.52 over the weekend for our Incredible Edible project. More importantly local artists got a chance to show and sell their work and lots of visitors discovered the joys of Pevensey Bay. I also met more villagers and made some new friends. If you want to see any of the work we were selling have a look at the Incredible Edible Pevensey & Westham Facebook page, contact details for artists are there. This event also runs this coming weekend around Eastbourne so pop along to an open house near you and support your local artists!