The Art Exhibition will be open to the public daily from 10.30 to 5.30 between Friday 19th and Monday 29th August. As in recent years it will be held in the Masonic Hall in Cromer Road, opposite the main town car park. This is an excellent opportunity to appreciate the range of local artistic talent and perhaps to choose a reasonably priced artwork to grace one of your walls at home.
The Sheringham Society is again participating in the Art Trail organised by the Sheringham and Cromer Crab and Lobster Festival. This year you can find a host of mini beach huts in Sheringham, Cromer and the surrounding area. Our exhibit was created by Maureen Cooper and Peter Strudwick and is on a 1960s theme. Look out on the washing line for an itsy bitsy teenie weenie yellow polkadot bikini which, we are reliably informed, was worn for the very first time that day.
The beach hut can be seen in the Peter Coke Shell Gallery during opening hours, but will be removed in late August ready for the auction of all the beach huts due to take place at the end of that month.
On Saturday 14th May the Sheringham Society took part in the North Norfolk Stories Festival. Visitors to the Fishermen’s Heritage Centre were able to ask the Hon. Charlotte Upcher, paying a visit back to Sheringham from 1838, why she was motivated to commission Sheringham’s very first lifeboat, the Augusta. Her daughter-in-law, Caroline Upcher, told why she ordered its replacement in 1894.
Meanwhile in the Shell Gallery 19th century sailors revealed to visitors the secrets of sailors’ valentines and children were invited to help make a reproduction of one. Owing to the strong cold northerly wind which had set in there were fewer visitors than anticipated, but this gave those who did turn up a better opportunity to get involved.
The top photograph shows, from the left, Maureen Cooper, Peter Strudwick, Hilary Nelson, John and Maureen Gardiner in their period costumes. (A further sailor, William Rusdell, had already changed out of his costume when the photo was taken.) The second shows Maureen Cooper at the beginning of the session with, on the left, the empty frame for the sailor’s valentine which participating children had, by its end, made into a very accurate copy of the prototype on the right.
The Fishermen’s Heritage Centre and the Peter Coke Shell Gallery will be open for the main summer season between Saturday 30th April and the end of September. Please see the Opening Times page for full details, including disabled access.
In summary we are open from 12 noon to 4 pm most days, but please note that the Shell Gallery does not open until 1.30 pm on a Sunday. The Heritage Centre is open from 12 noon to 4 pm daily except that on some Sundays it too may not open until 1.30 pm owing to a shortage of volunteers.
The 2015 art exhibition went off very well. Pictures were contributed by 49 artists and of the 279 on show, 71 were sold. The exhibition made a profit of £556 pounds. Most years (except when the Society has unexpected large expenses) the profits are donated to a deserving local charity. This year the Society was able to donate £600 to the Children’s Hospice at Quidenham. The Art Section, who put in so much work to make the exhibition a success, can be satisfied that their efforts are benefiting a very good cause.
The first picture shows the Town Mayor, Councillor David Gooch, talking to members invited to the preview evening after he had formally opened the exhibition.
The 2016 exhibition will be held at the same venue as last year (The Masonic Hall, Cromer Road) and will run from Friday 19th to Monday 29th August.