Visiting artists’ opens studios

Blue angel by artist Julie Snowball
Blue angel by artist Julie Snowball

Her contribution to the 21st exhibition of Art On The River is her “saving the best till last” according to Mary Beaney.

She says she will not show her work again as part of the Eastbourne Festival of Artists Open Houses/Studios and is celebrating “the end of an era” with the exhibition before making way for other local artists.

Mary, who is currently working on a piece for Chalk Gallery’s involvement at the Towner for its 10th anniversary angels, is experimenting with canvas “randomly covered by polyfilla mixed with PVA glue, scrim, tissue paper, sand. salt, tea, coffee, collage, photographs, in fact anything that I think will create texture all dribbled over with household emulsion, creating many, many layers and finished off with acrylic paint.”

In contrast the work of Angie Perrin is created with the subtle use of watercolours on smoothed canvas. Angie often walks for miles deep into the countryside to find her subject matter of trees in their various forms of dress and undress.

David Armitage is the most well-known of all the artists exhibiting with Mary, so she feels “very privileged” that he agreed to be one of the many participants, and commented: “He is renowned and acknowledged as one of the most original, exciting and inspirational colourists of his generation.

“The public can expect to see an enormous variety of work from the 18 artists - varied in diversity, texture, size, colour, subject, design, and media - i.e. paintings, mixed media., watercolours on canvas and paper, collage, oil paintings, screenprints, wildlife photography - enough to whet your appetite - so it promises to be overwhelming and a feast for the eyes together with the wow factor. No-one to date has ever walked out of my exhibitions disappointed and disillusioned - in fact quite the opposite and the one sentiment that crops up time and time again is ‘nspirational and uplifting.’

Art On The River is at Haven Farm, High Street, Pevensey, during the weekend of July 4/5, 11/12, 18/19, 25/26, open from 11-5pm, admission free with donations to Macular Eye Disease for the partially sighted. for more details go to www.artonthe