Holidays over, a season of mists and mellow fruitfulness approaches, so a moment perhaps to visit Rottingdean’s iconic house, The Grange, which provides the setting for some varied and thought-provoking art exhibitions.
24 August – 5 September. Still time to see Rottingdean Camera Club’s exhibition “In Focus.” Members’ photographs reflect their interests, including landscape, fauna, street and abstract. “The club is in its’ 42nd year. We are a small and friendly club,” says Alan Smallman “We hold competitions and have guest speakers to talk on various photographic subjects.”
7 – 20 September. “Visual Musings” is the title of Diane Avis’ painting exhibition. She lives outside Santa Fe in the foothills of New Mexico and has exhibited in New Mexico, California, Las Vegas and after her Grange exhibition, will have a solo show in Santa Fe. “I work primarily in oils on canvas and wood, though I also make prints and drawings. Art, like mythology, should act as a portal to the spiritual; a way to access the deeper meaning that is often missing in our day- to- day lives.”
21 September – 3 October. “Williams Nicholson was my great-grandfather and I wanted the work for my show as a response to him in some way.” The words of the artist, Rafaele Appleby. “It is wild places that inspire me – rock – seascapes – skyscapes and sometimes a flower.” Rafaele lives in Cumbria and having visited the Grange Gallery for the first time was “Delighted to be offered the chance to have an exhibition here.”
During her exhibition, Rafaele will take part on 23 September in a Study Day at the Whiteway Centre, a joint event with the Rottingdean Preservation Society. “The Nicholson Family of Artists,” will focus on the legendary artistic family and include the official opening of the re-furbished William Nicholson Studio by the Mayor of Brighton and Hove. There will be lectures on William Nicholson, Ben Nicholson; and one by Rafael about Ben Nicholson’s painter wife entitled“Winifred Nicholson and her family.”