MIDHURST Art Society has opened its doors for the annual summer show in the newly-refurbished Memorial Hall next to the headquarters of the national park in North Street.
For the second year running the society joined forces with MADhurst as part of the town’s nine-day arts, music and drama festival.
Chairman Michael Snape said: “It worked so well last year we decided to continue as we had more than 900 visitors.
“The MADhurst events, especially the procession on bank holiday Monday, brought more visitors to us as well.”
This year there are 55 artists exhibiting 255 pictures, including oils, watercolours, pastels and batik: “We have a consistently high quality of work in the society from many talented artists,” said Mr Snape.
Among them, regular exhibitor George Gascoigne is showing his trademark watercolour landscapes and vice-president John Robinson, who paints all over the South Downs, is showing some spectacular landscapes.
Jim Ludden, who won last year’s ‘best picture’ prize voted for by visitors, is showing still life watercolours including scenes inspired by his time in France.
Long-standing society member Max Wholey died during the year, aged 92, and as a tribute, his oil painting of polo at Cowdray Park appears by permission of his family. Painted several years ago, Max did not complete one of the player’s faces and Mr Snape stepped in to do the honours.
“He was a lovely man, a brilliant engineer, raconteur par excellence and a talented artist,” said Mr Snape.
The exhibition is open from 10am-6pm daily until August 25.