SEAFORD: Artists combine for open house weekend

Pictured: Standing from the left: Ann Bradbury Brown, Christina Latham, Tegan Sharrard, Diane Costello, Robin Shell, Sarah Stonehouse. Seated. from the left: Marsha Budd, Sandy Hernu and Anne Pickering
Pictured: Standing from the left: Ann Bradbury Brown, Christina Latham, Tegan Sharrard, Diane Costello, Robin Shell, Sarah Stonehouse. Seated. from the left: Marsha Budd, Sandy Hernu and Anne Pickering

ARTISTS have combined their talents to put on displays in Seaford next month in support of charities.

The Open Houses will see arts, ceramics, jewellery and much more on offer. The venues, 25 Chyngton Way and 54 Stafford Road, will open to the public over the weekend May 7-8, from 10am to 5pm both ways.

At Chyngton Way visitors can snap up jams, marmalades, pickles and chutneys made by Christine Latham, of ‘Krissy of Sussex’ - all made from produce grown in the town and sourced locally. She also makes heirloom quilts, which can be commissioned.

Other items will include hand-worked solid sterling silver with Swarovski crystals and lampshades made with papier mache and beading. Also on offer is ornamental and practical ceramics, hand-painted cards, photographs, paper craft, bespoke jewellery, shawls and paintings.

Help4Heroes, the charity of choice, will take 10 per cent of the takings. There will be teas, coffee and homemade cakes served in the garden during the event.

The Stafford Road artists and makers have decided to ‘theme’ their Open House for the May weekend which will be ‘Fashion, Fun and Pampering.’

On view will be an array of high- quality, second-hand and vintage women’s clothes, which have been lovingly collected over many years.

There will also be vintage and hand-painted scarves; very popular, individually designed bags and shoppers by Diane Costello who uses recycled fabrics; Ros Millett and Wendy Rowcroft ‘The Bag Ladies’ will sell pure wool and felted handbags made into original, fun, contemporary designs. Ros will also have on show unique hand made children’s clothes.

Six different jewellery makers will also be at the event which will include contemporary jewellery inspired by the local downland and sea using semi-precious gems, plus jewellery with a vintage feel and items made from glass for men and women. Vinyl records and rock and roll memorabilia can be snapped up by residents.

For those who fancy pampering and nurturing, in the garden will be neck and shoulder massage from Christian Dormon, Angel and Auric Colour readings from Marsha Budd and Ann Bradley Brown as well as teas, coffee and homemade cakes.

This year’s charities will be the Seaford Exchange Project and the Disasters Emergency Fund (DEF). A collection of exotic, retro fabrics have been donated to raise money for the Martletts Hospice. For more details on the Chyngton Way Open House call Krissy on 872400. For the Stafford Road Open House ring Robin on 872355.