Fundraiser in memory of Whitstable artist Norma Fryer

On 21st February, Paula Fryer created a GoFundMe page for her mum and legendary Whitstable artist Norma Fryer.

 

The following is Paula’s statement on the page:

“Behind the artist Norma Fryer was also my beloved Mum, a nan to Sophie & Josh, a daughter to Norman & Marie, a sister to Roger, an aunt to Leigh and Vikki, a mother-in-law to Mark, a sister-in-law to Jean, a cousin to Sylvia, Pam, Anne and Peter and a friend to many. She was fiercely independent, strong, and stubborn to the end. Loved cats and the colour blue. Loved collecting things – everything had a memory or a use, so was not to be thrown away!

“My Mum was a very well-known artist in Whitstable for around 60 years, before she moved to Brighton to be near me 15 years ago. She moved to Whitstable as a child and attended Canterbury Art College before moving to London to start her career as a Graphic designer, painter, and potter. Norma, returned to Whitstable in the mid-70’s, where her life an artist really took off!

“Whitstable, especially the sea, harbour and beach huts were a constant inspiration for her work; Whitstable held a place deep in her heart.

“Mum opened many Oyster festivals over the years and was instrumental in starting the Fish-slab gallery, being their first volunteer, a gallery that is still thriving now, with new passion and talent. Her artwork is found on all the tourist information boards around the town and adorn many local homes – a wonderful legacy.

“I love this memory shared with me by a friend – “I always think of her buzzing around Whitstable in and out of galleries in a fisherman’s smock, jumping in and out of the red mini!”

“So, we have decided, as a family, that later in the year we will return to Whitstable to scatter Mum’s ashes.

“This fundraising page is to raise donations for SOS Whitstable in memory of Norma, in lieu of flowers for her funeral.

“SOS Whitstable are a group of ten sea-swimmers from the Kent coast who fight against sewage pollution in the south-east of England and beyond. In August 2021, they formed after a public meeting where Southern Water provided insufficient information or solutions regarding sewage pollution’s impact on swimmers’ health, biodiversity, and the local economy, specifically the Oyster and fisheries industry that are synonymous with Whitstable.

“Starting with a local focus, SoS Whitstable gained national recognition and press coverage by publishing two petitions with 350,000+ signatures, holding three protests that drew thousands, and persistently pressuring the water industry, regulatory bodies, and politicians to clean our waters and stop sewage pollution.

“In early February, they unveiled an underwater sculpture by Jason DeCaires Taylor, installed on the beach outside the iconic Old Neptune pub, a subject of many of Norma’s artworks.

“We feel Norma, with her great love of Whitstable, nature and her love of the underdog and fairness would have been fully behind this wonderful campaign.”

If you would like to donate, go online and visit www.gofundme.com/f/in-memory-of-norma-fryer-whitstable-artist

 

Having raised an incredible £1,000 Paula briefly spoke to us about how grateful she is to the local community, she said:

“We have also received so many lovely messages from people currently living in Whitstable who remember her fondly including the Artist from the fish slab Gallery where Norma was fundamental in setting it up years ago.

“Also, we have already raised £1,000 which we have handed over to SOS Whitstable, who are very grateful. I am excited to meet up with them later in the year.”

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