Declan Mongey, The Plough

Following the sad news we have heard today, the Rottingdean Trade, Business and Professional Association have sent the following message to be posted on the Rottingdean Village website.

It is with the deepest regret that we have heard today of the tragic and untimely death of one of our members, Declan Mongey, manager of the Plough lnn at Rottingdean. Declan was an active member of the Association and will be greatly missed, particularly by his fellow licencees in the village.

Our thoughts are very much with Declan’s partner and family.

We feel that any further comment would be inappropriate until the police have completed their enquiries.

Philip Rees

Rottingdean Through Time by Douglas d’Enno – Chapter 6 Published

Rottingdean Through TimeAs announced earlier on the Rottingdean Village website, we are proud to be serialising Douglas d’Enno’s illustrated book “Rottingdean Through Time”.

We would like to thank both Douglas d’Enno, the author, and Amberley Publishing for making it available to us. Copies can be purchased from The Grange and other retailers locally in Rottingdean.

Chapter 6 has now been published along side the introduction and the other chapters.

Rottingdean Arts Announce Their 2013 Season

Rottingdean Arts have just announced their 2013 season of events:

Rottingdean Arts new season of Music and Arts has just been announced, with the Spring Music Festival running from March 13-24th, and a full summer programme including four concerts on the Terraces. Priority Booking runs from January 4-14th, with General Booking on January 15th. It is still not too late to become a Friend or Patron to ensure you get tickets for your favourite events!

For the full details including priority booking and registration forms, see the Rottingdean Arts post: The 2013 Season Is Here!

Projected Image Competition

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These images are from Round 1 of the Rottingdean Camera Club Projected Image Competition. It was an ‘Open’ subject competition, which means that any subject under the sun is acceptable. Images may or may not be manipulated, but all elements must be the work of the photographer. For example, after-camera sharpening can prove very useful, as can altering the contrast to produce a punchier, more attractivge result.

We have external, independent, judges for all our competitions, who score entries out of a maximum twenty points. This also means we always have something to talk about when our masterpiece has been overlooked!

Hearing a judge’s comments can be useful in determining what went right or wrong with an image – at least as far as one judge is concerned. The sometimes painful joy of the process is that another judge may offer a very different opinion.
Overall, though, most judges offer very useful insights and can provide a rapid learning curve, and thus assist in improving our photography.

For more information visit the Rottingdean Camera Club website

Rottingdean Art Club is now looking for new members

The Rottingdean Art Club is now looking for new members. This friendly club meets at the Whiteway Centre, Rottingdean on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. This term has included a very successful session on Life Drawing with Jim Tiller and Linda and a demonstration on Silk Painting by Denise Hopper who also gave us the history of silk. The term will end with a Portrait workshop led by Graham Hanney
and a Critique on members work intended for the club’s Exhibition at the Grange Gallery in March.

The club has a full programme for next term, which will include a demonstration by Christopher Osbourne another Life Drawing session with Jim Tiller, a Pastel Workshop led by Julia Elliott and a Silk Painting session led by Jean Hall. There are suggested themes for the remaining weeks.

Those interested in joining for next term, commencing 16th January, should contact the treasurer Julia Elliott telephone 01273 301214 or John Stephens on 01273 307714.

Christine Harfleet OPEN HOUSE

Christine Harfleet has an Exhibition of her fused glass sculptures, glass & metal wall hangings, bowls and jewellery, as well as paintings, prints and drawings at her Liquid Landscapes Gallery, 56 Rodmell Avenue, Saltdean BN28PG.

Open House weekend Dec 8 – 9th, 11am – 5pm or, as always, anytime by appointment. Tel: 01273 309666 or 07968137963

Smugglers, Mariners and Festive Fun

This year’s Festive Exhibition at The Grange will be displaying the works of Mick Bensley, Amanda Davidson and Phillip Sugg. Those of you who used to visit Arty phArty Studios in Nevill Road may well remember seeing the wonderful puppet theatre on display there. It was the work of newcomer to the village, artist and former museum curator, Phillip Sugg.

In celebration of Rottingdean’s Smugglers Night on Sat 1st Dec. Phillip has created a new Puppet Theatre about the Smugglers of Rottingdean, which will include local stories and characters with set-scenes of The Black Horse pub and the Windmill on Beacon Hill and featuring Kipling’s ‘The Smugglers Song’.

There will be an inter-active performance on the stage, in the village hall, for all the family on Dec 1st during the day, along with various other smuggling arty events led by Amanda and ‘Willow the Wisp’ before moving to the joint exhibition at The Grange.

Once on display, you will get a chance to see the marionettes and buy cards and prints of his work. To continue the theme, Mick will be showing his amazingly detailed marine paintings and 2013 calendar. There will also be new, colourful paintings, prints and cards by Amanda in conjunction with her Xmas Artist Open House at Tudor Close. (details in the AOH brochure and web-site).

The Grange Exhibition starts 29th Nov-18th Dec. Contact Amanda Davidson 07763584330

Art at the Whiteway Centre

Artwork done in classes by Christine HarfleetThe Whiteway centre at Rottingdean is always a hive of industry with classes, meetings and activities. Within this community centre there is a hub of art activities – Whiteway Arts. There are several art classes which take place each week.

Four watercolour techniques classes run by the renowned marine and landscape artist Mick Bensley. Students may work on their own projects or one set by Mick who will demonstrate and guide you through your initial drawing, composition and watercolour techniques. He has such a relaxed and easy way of teaching that he makes you feel confident from the start no matter what your level of expertise.

Amanda Davidson runs a Thursday evening 6 – 8pm life drawing class. I love this class as there is always a really good model drawn from a pool of a wide variety of models. You can attend as a beginner with instruction from Amanda or as an advanced with freedom to draw or paint as you wish from the model. Amanda also has a class on Friday afternoon using general techniques of drawing and painting. She will teach how best to interpret what you see with how you feel. Amanda is always very keen on supporting each student to develop their own creative ideas whilst teaching techniques.

Lucy Parker runs a Monday afternoon class 2-4pm . She runs a structured course which is suitable for both beginners and those with experience. She starts with basic drawing skills, working through most media and finishing with oil painting. Demonstrations and guidance are given throughout.

Aladdin’s Cave – The jewel of the centre and a joy to behold, is the newly designed and stocked art shop, run by Amanda. It has everything you could possibly want for your art activities and any one of the artist tutors will help and advise you.

Of course to keep these classes running we need all you budding artists to attend – the more who enrol each term, the more classes can be accommodated, which is exciting as there are always more techniques to try and fellow artists to meet and work with.

Artwork done in classes by Christine Harfleet