Arts and crafts festival returns with pet portraits

Shoreham Arts festival
Shoreham Arts festival

THE 44th annual Shoreham Arts and Crafts festival is back and open to the public at Shoreham Methodist Church, Brunswick Road.

From Saturday, August 17, until August 22, more than 200 paintings and several craft stalls will fill the church buildings and in addition there will be a special display of younger church members’ work on the subject of ‘Time and Space’.

The festival aims to showcase local artists and simultaneously raise funds for local and national causes.

Last year, £650 was raised and donated to five different charities, including Action for Children and St Barnabas House hospice.

There will be a wide range of art from landscape to modernist paintings.

The craft stalls will also sell a huge variety of goods including jewellery, cards, knitwear and needlecraft.

Jenny Sharp has been exhibiting her work at the festival for several years.

She specialises in pet portraits and creates them from photographs with coloured pencils.

Past portraits will be on display and forms for commissions will be available if anyone wishes for their pet to be sketched.

The festival is open from 10am to 5.30pm every day, except for Sunday when it is open from noon to 4pm.

Admission is free.