The Star Brewery Gallery

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The Star Brewery Gallery, Lewes

On February 1st 2021, the Star Brewery Gallery in central Lewes celebrated its first anniversary – a year marked by the turbulence of the corona virus pandemic.

Peter Messer, Half Wolf Dances Mad in Moonlight

The gallery exhibition space was first established back in the late 1980s and, over the years, has gained a great reputation as an art venue. The well-known Lewes painter Peter Messer says of it: “The Star Brewery Gallery has been at the centre of the art life of Lewes since its inception as the Star Gallery. Over the ensuing years, under changing management and name, it has shown a huge range of artists and craftspeople. I have consistently exhibited at the Star since its earliest days and have never found it to be less than an enjoyable and rewarding experience.”

Tom Benjamin, The Big Rock, Afternoon Sun 2020, oil on canvas

In 2020, after a period when the space was unavailable for public shows, Neeta Pedersen, an accomplished illustrator and designer in her own right, was able to fulfil her ambition to resurrect and refurbish the gallery which she renamed. Within a short space of time, she booked a year’s worth of shows by local artists only to be forced into a lockdown with no opening date in sight.

Andrew Fitchett, Rookery

Undeterred, Neeta employed her digital skills of web design and social media to create a highly effective on-line gallery which was extremely successful in attracting press attention and generating sales. Each artist’s work was showcased in detail, accompanied by biographical essays, videos and audio interviews.

Marco Crivello, Resonance 0022

When the lockdown was over, Neeta was able to stage a number of interesting gallery shows, culminating in a virtual sell-out show of works by Peter Messer, before the gallery once more was closed. Her celebratory We Are One online show highlights the artists who have exhibited and the exciting shows to come in 2021.

Jacob Crivello, No Mans Land 1

For more information about the gallery and future exhibitions go to www.starbrewerygallery.com.

Marcus Ripley, To know what it is to be human

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