Worthing Open Houses 2012
PUBLISHED: 01:50 27 June 2012 | UPDATED: 21:32 20 February 2013
Showing over three weekends from June 16 to July 1, Worthing's longest trail yet is a kaleidoscopic journey through 50 exhibitions and over 300 artists, with the opportunity to view and buy works on sale.
Worthing may look like an ordinary, idyllic seaside town. Yet, tucked away inside its Victorian homes, old churches and picturesque gardens is a wealth of dynamic artwork to discover during Worthing Open Houses 2012.
Running since 2004 and showing over three weekends from June 16 to July 1, Worthings longest trail yet is a kaleidoscopic journey through 50 exhibitions and almost 300 artists, with the opportunity to view and buy works on sale.
A striking standout amongst the array of local artists ceramics, textiles and distorted photographs is Thomas Freers Laser Arch, showing in the basement of 12 Ambrose Place (venue 18). Part sculpture, part innovative musical instrument, its hand carved wooden arc contains 12 touch sensitive lasers and gives the illusion of walking through a choir of angels.
Elsewhere, Nicola Mummerys (venue 8, 7a York Road) comic book inspired oil paintings on canvas capture the mood of Formula One drivers and musical icons in nostalgic, lifelike fashion. Copied from photographs and filled with vibrant colours, Mummerys Freddie Mercury piece can almost make the viewer feel like they are at a rock concert, rather than an exhibition.
The Worthing Churches Homeless Projects first exhibition in 6-8 Marine Place (venue 11) also proves an inviting and quirky collection, boasting expressive paintings of landscapes and flowerpots as well as hand crafted wooden birds. Compiled from works of the centres weekly art group (made up of previous homeless clients who used the drop-in service), it also gives a celebratory insight into people who have now gotten their lives back on track.
Despite the extensive selection of arts and crafts on sale in the Lime Caf, St. Pauls Centre (venue 15, 55 Chapel Road), the refined watercolour impressions of the countryside and self-portraits (by Arty Boutique) dont offer the boundary pushing creativity found at other venues.
Just Yogas (venue 13, 55 Marine Place) international photographs by Sheila Marchant-Webb and pottery pieces by Ben Barker are impressively arranged. Caroline Robson (venue 17, 4 Ambrose Place) explores the sensation of flowers with abstract, colourful skill.
With the brimming eclecticism on offer, even the less moving exhibitions ensure plenty of memorable moments for differing art lovers. However, its having a personal snapshot into the lives of Worthings artistic community that really makes Open Houses 2012 an illuminating trip.
The final weekend of Worthing Open Houses Exhibition is Saturday and Sunday June 30 and July 1 from11am to 5pm with free entry. For further information on venues and artists, visit http://worthingopenhouses.com/.