The Trust is delighted to announce that Sussex artist Sarah Mitchener’s exhibition at the West Pier Centre is to continue until September.
Visitors who were unable to visit during the five weekends of the Brighton Artists’ Open Houses now have further opportunities to catch Sarah’s varied and impressive work – giclée prints, original monotypes, sketches and paintings in watercolour and mixed media, many with a beachfront theme.
“People would know me more for trees and landscapes but I have tried to theme this exhibition around the sea, the shore, the pier, the beach and some Downs,” Sarah said. “Anybody from Sussex will resonate with it.
“Most of the rest of the work is what you would see if you came to my house, original paintings and prints, and a selection of giclée prints.”
The most popular item for Open Houses was a specially-created image of the pier, available in a variety of colour combinations. “That started off as a monotype, a printing technique that yields only one good impression. But I liked the image so much that I scanned it into my computer and re-coloured it digitally.”
Sarah, although not art-school trained, has been selected twice for the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition and was a finalist in 2019. Both images, Hove Seafront With Fret (2017) and Tempest Fields, Firle (2019) are available as prints. She has also been a finalist in the Sussex Life Landscape Artist of the year competition and is an elected member of the Sussex Watercolour Society.
“They include some very well-known artists like Shirley Trevena and Kate Osborne and they took me under their wing early on,” she says. “Shirley invited me to exhibit with her in Nottingham in 2019. It was wonderful to have work hanging alongside [that of] one of my painting idols.
“I have been in Open Houses before and I like to support charities as well. For the past two years I have been in the YMCA’s offices in Hove but they’re not open this year. So I was delighted to be here in the West Pier Centre. It feels very fresh and airy.”