The most interesting and uplifting visit I had there was a few months ago. I went in for gouache paints, which I was experimenting with. A lady came in behind me and went to the counter, opening her rucksack and asking if the manager was in. She had something she wanted to show them.
I watched as she pulled out the British Empire Medal and a photo of herself resplendent in hat, dress and high heels; in it she was shaking hands with the Lord Lieutenant of Sussex.
It was because she had heard that Turner's watercolour, Brighthelmstone, was being offered for auction by Christies in New York. She felt strongly that the work should be part of our Brighton heritage and so contributed, enabling Brighton Council to purchase it. It was exhibited in Brighton Pavilion last year.
My life was enhanced by that woman in her Jimmy Hendrix t shirt that day. Her name was Elaine Evans.