Towner’s new director opens local art exhibition

The Society of Eastbourne Artists (SEA) has held its 67th exhibition and sales Festival at the'Lansdowne Hotel Eastbourne.

The Society of Eastbourne Artists (SEA) has held its 67th exhibition and sales Festival at the'Lansdowne Hotel Eastbourne.

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The Society of Eastbourne Artists (SEA) has held its 67th exhibition and sales festival at the Lansdowne Hotel.

More than 200 original paintings in oils, watercolour, acrylic, pastel and mixed media were on display and £1,500 worth of pictures were sold to the public during the three-day event.

Opening the festival was Emma Morris, the new executive director of the Towner Art Gallery.

SEA chairman Andrew Forrest said, “The Society of Eastbourne Artists was delighted Emma agreed to open the exhibition. “Her positive and encouraging comments about the works on display and her supportive outlook towards art in the Eastbourne community are very much appreciated.”

The Mayor and Mayoress of Eastbourne Cllr Mike Thompson and Mrs Linda Thompson also visited the exhibition which supported the Mayor’s charities Matthew 25 Mission and Chloe’s Fight for Sight.

Monies raised from visitors donations and a raffle came to £369.

The Society of Eastbourne Artists was founded in 1946 and now has 159 members. From the 1960s it exhibited at the old Towner gallery but now uses different venues around the town.

Its aim is to promote the study of art with monthly meetings and demonstrations as well as staging its own exhibitions. There is also an annual outing this year to Greenwich.

Membership is open to practising artists of all abilities and others in the Eastbourne area. If you are interested and want to find out more go to www.seaeastbourne.com

The SEA’s next exhibition takes place on September 28/29 at the Town Hall.

Right: Emma Morris at the opening of the SEA’s 67th exhibition.