Society of Artists’ 70th show


At last, Rye’s High Street can breathe again and hopefully it will be the last shut down so shops can plan ahead and recover – and  Rye Art Gallery (RAG) is very glad to have been able to open its doors on Monday April 12 with three exhibitions.

In galleries four and five there is an exciting show from the Rye Society of Artists, including Louis Turpin, Fred Cuming, Michael White and sculptures from Steve Duffy. It is their 70th anniversary and presents a variety of wonderful art.

In the entrance, gallery one, RAG is continuing to show art from Tom Marsh as it was cut short by the lockdown and in gallery two there is a collection of different paintings, cards and black/white ceramics from Branka Vrhovski-Stanton.

Gallery three features the impressive, beautiful, large images of Nick Archer and gallery six, the Stormont gallery, shows the curator’s choice from the permanent collection including Beryl Turpin’s cat on a lengthy loan. The RSA exhibition lasts until May 14 and the RAG team hope to welcome many locals and visitors. The Nick Archer exhibition runs until May 30.

Auction helps fix roof

The auction which the team organised was better than expected raising £9,200 and RAG would like to thank everyone who donated art pieces and all who took part in it. Every penny raised will be used to conserve the permanent collection and to maintain the historic building which needs quite a lot of work, not visible to visitors, like roof leaks, and an update to the Stormont Gallery 6.

There is still the ring fenced money to help with these repairs which the previous Friends committee raised and RAG is grateful for the contribution.

RAG is open during the week from 11-5, except Tuesday when it is shut, and on Sunday from 11-4. For any further information please go to the website , or  email  or phone 01797 222 433. We hope people are happy to wear a mask, use the sanitizer provided and observe social distancing.

Image Credits: Heidi Foster .

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