Avocet Tea Rooms and Gallery in Rye Harbour once again hosted its popular Christmas Fair this weekend November 25/26. You are always sure of a unique gift for Christmas and they did not disappoint. Avocet owners, Peter Greenhalf and Morgan, greeted returning and new customers with their usual warmth and interest and were very pleased with the turnout for the exhibition of artwork by Coastal Creatives, who exhibited last year as reported in Rye News
This year there were some new faces joining the team. Sarah Nelson, a local artist came to live in The Harbour in 2015. The dramatic land and seascapes, shingle ridges and coastal flora inspired her to paint. Elaine Baker with her art on porcelain is based in Fairlight and is available for commissions. Faye Pierce had made some lovely Christmas presents to raise funds for her Guide Unit. Chris O’Donoghue was show-casing his novel Blood on the Tide which is a story of the sea and boats, murder and Nazis and which begins in a sleepy coastal backwater and takes the reader through post-war France and Germany.
Anna Wilson Patterson is a regular participant and her work always excites. Her current work explores her fascination with the haunting coastal landscapes of East Sussex. Her paintings feature whippets, coastal huts, greyhounds and lurchers. Judith, Meg and John were exhibiting their crafts again. John Mill is pictured here with one of his well-known and loved whales.
Photos: kt Bruce