Having admired his work for some time, it was great to meet printmaker Richard Shimell today – and exciting to take delivery of several prints for the gallery. I enjoy working out how and where to display pieces to best effect. I’ll need to do some re-arranging and then they’ll be on display in a day or two.
This is one of my favourites – its called ‘To the Sea’ and is based on a walk near to Coleton Fishacre in South Devon. I get a real sense of anticipation that the sea is just about to come into view over the horizon.
Its the end of my first week of trading at the Eastgate Gallery, and wow – I’m thinking I wish I’d done this years ago! The feedback from visitors has been absolutely brilliant, and sales have exceeded my hopes. So to all my artists and customers – a huge thank you!
Today I opened the doors of the new Eastgate Gallery! We finally had a dry day, so husband Steve was able to put the last coat of paint on the outside (the shade of which was the subject of much deliberation) – its a lovely light but warm green from Farrow & Ball and stands out on the High Street which was what I wanted of course – and also tones in with my logo.
Anyway, several customers braved the wet paint and came in to explore. The feedback and comments about the variety and quality of the work were great, giving me even more confidence on my choices.
More photos of the interior and exterior will follow – in the meantime above is a quick one I took of one end of the gallery. You can see in particular some of Belinda Reynell’s paintings, Julie Massie’s ceramic art, an Elizabeth Rashley lino, jewellery by Mandy Nash, metal pictures by Lisa Wisdom.