Town hall displays the art and soul of society’s creativity


“We hope this will inspire and encourage enthusiasts and art lovers to start painting or join our group.”

Forty works by 14 artists are hanging at the Crawley Arts Society exhibition in the town hall, The Boulevard.

The exhibition was opened by town mayor Cllr Brenda Smith who hoped it would not only result in sales but in new members for the society.

The pieces are being displayed in the public area on the first floor of the town hall and are signposted from the ground-floor reception.

Dorees Starkey, exhibition co-ordinator for Crawley Art Society, said: “A huge thanks to mayor Brenda Smith who gracefully opened the Crawley Art Society art exhibition at the town hall.

“Members’ artwork on display will be on a six-monthly rotation and most of the paintings are for sale.

“We hope this will inspire and encourage enthusiasts and art lovers to start painting or join our group.”

Cllr Smith added: “There is so much talent in Crawley and I’m delighted that we have been able to bring all of this artwork to the town hall.

“I hope that the society benefits not only from sales but also more interest in their work and new members.

“I would like to thank Crawley Art Society and the artists very much for exhibiting their work.”

The art work on display will be changed from time to time to keep the exhibition fresh while giving the artists the chance to demonstrate the full range of their talents.

The society was started in 1957 and currently has 45 members of all standards and using all mediums.

They hold weekly meetings on alternate Tuesday afternoons – at the Montefiore Institute, Hazelwick Road, Three Bridges – and Wednesday evenings at St John’s church hall.

Society member Brian Reynolds contributed several pieces to the exhibition, including paintings of the Memorial Gates at the entrance to the Memorial Gardens, Crabbett Park and Worth.

Brian said anyone was welcome to join the group, no matter the level of their skill.

He added: “There is no elitism. Some people come along who have only just taken up drawing and they finish up producing work which sells.”

The society will welcome a number of guest artists to their meetings over the next few weeks.

Ralph Keemar will join them on Wednesday March 11 at St John’s church hall from 7.30pm.

The topic will be encaustic art, also known as hot wax painting, which involves using heated beeswax to which coloured pigments are added.

Anyone interested in joining the society can contact Rosemary Bament on 01293 882131.

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