AN exciting array of arts and crafts went on display on Saturday, at the start of the Adur Art Trail 2013.
The iconic St Marys Hall, in East Street, Shoreham, has been opened to the public for the first time in five years as the centrepiece exhibition and information point.
Marking the occasion, organisers adurArtcollective are collecting people’s memories of the hall, and many have already written of happy times in the special book.
Now in its ninth year, the art trail is made up of four trails in Lancing, Shoreham, Shoreham Beach and Southwick, where the venues are grouped within easy walking distance of each other.
A map of the four routes can be found online and in the art trail leaflet, available at St Mary’s Hall, or in libraries and other public places in the district.
Kim Adele Fuller, vice-chair of adurArtcollective, emphasised it was the hard work of volunteers that keeps the trail going each year.
“We are a volunteer-led community group and the the artists have put in a lot of work,” she said.
“We are hoping to encourage more people to get involved and would welcome any help people can give.”
The art trail features more than 80 artists working in a variety of mediums, including painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, jewellery, textiles and stained glass.
Kim’s own work is inspired by abstract qualities in the natural world.
“I enjoy expressing colour, dimension, light, energy, stillness and movement in my paintings,” she explained.
Other pieces on show at St Mary’s Hall include ceramics by Marcus Finch, stained glass by Lorna Casey and jewellery by Nick Orbson.
Shoreham figurative sculptor Neil Wilkinson, who has had a passion for three-dimensional work since his early teens, is showing a ‘figurative study of our human condition, emotions, stress, torsion, rhythms and line’.
Sylvie Howitt has created a range of paper cutting pictures, inspired by vintage maps found in her attic.
“For me, the use of recycled vintage materials seemed a perfect way to express the simple story of hope and love, with a material from a golden age of adventure, romance and hope,” she said.
For Susan Miller, colour is her inspiration. “I love the way that watercolour is the only medium that can be truly transparent, creating mystery and depth,” she said.
The art trail is running until June 16 and entry to venues is free. Most popular opening times are 10am to 5pm at weekends, but they vary according to the venue. St Mary’s Hall will be open every day, 10am to 5pm for more information.