Arun Art Society exhibition

Wonderful works by members of Arun Art Society are on display this week.

Tuesday, 1st August 2017, 5:25 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 6:22 pm
Pauline Parkinson with her painting Riding the Wave, which was inspired by windsurfers near Sea Lane Cafe in Goring. Picture: Liz Pearce LP170568

The annual exhibition of paintings opened at Ferring Village Hall on Monday and will remain open until Saturday.

Entrance to the exhibition is free and all paintings are for sale. There is also an opportunity to select a favourite artist from among the exhibitors and all visitors are encouraged to take part.

Three paintings by well-known Worthing artist Brian Howard are available as prizes in the raffle and proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to St Barnabas House hospice.

Patricia Hall with her painting Beach huts in Ferring. Picture: Liz Pearce LP170570

Sunset, an oil painting by M. Cairns, won the Isobel Groves Rose Bowl for most outstanding painting.

Three other pieces were highly commended, I Miss You George, an oil by Janet Wright; Cantabrian Autumn, acrylic and gouache on board by David Stickells, known as Stix; and Tulips, an oil by Barbara Watson.

The paintings use different media, including watercolour, acrylic, oil, pastel, ink and coloured pencil, on board and canvas. There are also various cards on sale, including original paintings produced as cards to send as gifts in a frame.

The exhibition is open 10am to 5.30pm daily, with extended opening until 8pm on Thursday.

Margaret Cairns oil painting Sunset won the Isobel Groves Rose Bowl for most outstanding painting

The club meets at Ferring Village Hall but members come from a 20-mile radius. The society is keen to attract new members and is now offering new open membership.

Membership secretary Anne Wilson said: “Joining some art groups can be intimidating. Running the gauntlet of a group of critics with your precious paintings can easily put new members off applying.

“This has been true even in our society but now we’re changing.”

From now on, all applicants will be offered membership for a three-month period at a reduced subscription without having to have any work scrutinised.

The Pond, from an old photograph. Picture: Liz Pearce LP170573

At the end of that time, people can sign up for the remainder of the year. The only rule during this time is that new members will not be allowed to exhibit their work in the society’s exhibitions.

It is not a teaching society but the committee believes new members will learn by looking at the work of others and by trying to follow the painting programmes. There are regular in-house, self-help critique sessions, which are optional.

New members will find a warm welcome from the friendly and supportive group. Three-month membership costs £10, which includes entry to all sessions and demos.

Contact Anne Wilson by email [email protected] or telephone 01903 243845. Visit for more information.

Arun Art Society's annual exhibition at Ferring Village Hall. Pictured: Liz Pearce LP170572