Artists Open Houses weekends and Bank Holidays 30th April to 30th May.
Hey what about TheBigForest Emporium a house with a special interest in bears! Stand alone bears made in felt. Mr Bejamin Rowling and Mrs Michael Craven created this enterprise and sell their work all over the world. 57 Chester Terrace.
At the emporium we could meet a range of hand made characters such as a tourist bear Space bear and even a naked bear. These bears are usually made to commission and now the two guys have extended their enterprise and will make a model of your dog in felt!
Novelty items keyrings and broaches are also popular as are cards.
A few yards down the road at Media Conflux we discovered imaginative glass, to my surprise Alan bought a piece featuring dandelions that looks brilliant with the light shining through it. There is jewelry in silver inspired by, among other natural objects, cuttle fish. Healing stones embedded in silver that be combined to other pieces to make wonderful necklaces, heavy silver bracelets and pendants. Some of the soft silk sculptures of pebbles on the beach were particularly appealing too.
Media Conflux at 35 Chester Terrace.
I’ve been to several in Hove in past years and they are always appealing. Some even offer refreshments so it is easy to make a day of it or several if you have the time.
The Grange Art Galley and Museum in Rottingdean right at the other end of town is on the list with an impressive array of artists work, amazing sculpture, hand printed silk items and all things beautiful.
Not far along the road is Amanda Davidson and Philip Sugg. Amanda’s paintings and Philips’s model theatres, puppet props etc.
This Open House is at 26 Tudor Close where Amanda lives. A brilliant inclusion in the programme because as well as art, Tudor Close was once a hotel to the stars of stage and screen so of particular historical interest too
Open Houses make a good day out and what’s more the visits are free!
As I mentioned The Grange I guess it is appropriate to mention that some of my own marionettes from a collection of over 200 are still on display, those featured are from the feature film ‘Oh What a Lovely War’ made on the West Pier in the 60s. Not part of the Open House obviously (they don’t include vintage things) but they are part of a tiny exhibition called ‘Cinema by the Sea’ on the same floor as the art work and which goes on until October, so worth a visit if you are in Rottingdean.