As so many artists and venues have signed up for the art trail it’s difficult to pick out highlights, so we’re going to go with some of the artists we can definitely recommend. Jessica Zoob (26 DeMontford Road) is one: as well as her wonderful oil-thick seascapes there is a marvellous series of colourful splodges (pictured right) which have a definitely Christmassy feel about them. Carole Skinner’s (Doorsteps, 8 Cliffe High St) work has got a slightly unnerving quality about it: entitled ‘Love me’ it features pen-and-ink drawings of a series of rather desperate-looking lovers. Martin Gayford (6, New Road) paints slightly harrowing, generally un-peopled city and landscapes, often cropped like photos. The Garden Room Café (14 Station St) will feature etchings by the Ditchling-based artist Edgar Holloway, an influential figure in that field who has been working for over 50 years.
The art trail takes you further out of Lewes, too, to Ditchling, Rottingdean and Saltdean and South Heighton. “Prices will vary from venue to venue,” says Ness. “I can only speak for our venue, but there will be items on sale from £5-10 upwards." AG