Despite the awful weather, local people responded magnificently to the Silent Art Auction held over the Easter weekend at Rottingdean Whiteway Centre, where for a few days the main hall was transformed into an Aladdin’s Cave of artistry. About 150 canvases and prints found new owners, and the generous bids submitted amounted to a total of around £1,400, a wonderful contribution towards the costs of running the Centre. The management committee is grateful to all those who took part, and particularly to Jan and Paul Mnich, who facilitated the donation of the artwork.
The next fundraising events at the Centre will be two Whiteway Evenings, the first on Friday, 17th May, at 7.30 p.m., when Gill Partington JP will talk on “A View from the Bench – 25 years administering the law”. Gill, who is deputy chairman of a Sussex Bench, will explain how the Magistrates Courts system works, and (we hope) share some of her more colourful reminiscences. The second Whiteway Evening will be given by Geoff Mead, a popular lecturer in Landscape Studies, describing “A Walk in the National Park” on Friday, 28th June, at 7.30 p.m. There is no need to book in advance for Whiteway Evenings – the fee of £7 is payable at the door, and includes a glass of wine and nibbles. And for those who enjoy Art and Music, we shall be offering two linked Saturday Study Days in July, on the 6th and 13th, when Jackie Parry and Julian Broughton, lecturers in respectively Art History and Music, will trace “Classicism in Art and Music: an unfolding narrative”; further details are available at the Centre.