Thursday, 10 November 2011

Night and Day - Winter Exhibition Joan Darlington

Joan has delighted us as usual with her fun outlook on life.  Colourful drawings of happy people dancing the night away and then the next morning various folks spotted walking the dogs and relaxing on the sofas captured in black pen drawings.  These cheerful pictures were 'pegged' up on string lines around the Gallery to the happy surprise of many of our visitors, causing appropriate seasonal cheer!!

Thursday, 1 September 2011

English Gardens by Pat Clare our Summer Exhibition

More fabulous paintings from one of our favourite Artists here at the Gallery.  The fact that Pat is a very keen gardener comes as no surprise as you look at the detail in her paintings.  Pat uses a variety of media, including textiles, acrylic and oils, each technique creating a very different style.

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Peace of Cake

We were thrilled with the success of our Peace of Cake Tea Party in an English Garden as an event to launch the start of our Summer Exhibition at the Gallery. Pat Clare's glorious paintings set the scene, with lots of vases of flowers in the Gallery, vintage china and silver teapots, scones with cream and jam, cakes and savouries it really was a very English Tea Party. 
 The purpose of the 'Peace' was to focus on the work of the Peace Keepng Charity CORD, with sponsorship from Yorkshire Tea and Susan Barlow of Cord, we were able to raise nearly £50 at our Tea Party. 

As a Voluntary Leader of  Newport WiRE Network, I have been pleased to help set up a similar event at our September Meeting, so near to the International Day of Peace (20th September)

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Take off the handbrake…..

Ever started driving and felt something was wrong, then realised, you left the handbrake on? Well, that’s how it’s felt just lately. Sad things going on in my life over Christmas time, through January and February. Business took a back seat, but one can’t do that forever, so with lots of support from family and friends, things are getting back to some sort of normal and I’m beginning to feel inspired again. Thanks everyone, for understanding me, for all the lovely things you said, or emailed or tweeted or sent by text, just for being there - you are all wonderful x

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Spring is in the air...

It’s that time again, time to clear the decks have a good tidy up. The decorations long since put away, precious things wrapped in tissue and not to be seen again for twelve months, now it’s time to start thinking of Spring.
I must admit that as much as I enjoy decorating the house for the festive season, it is refreshing to take everything down. Moving furniture and having a really good cleaning session, great exercise too and rewarding when the job is done, everything shines and there is a wonderful smell of beeswax polish, lovely.

This is when it’s fun to change things around too, put away some pictures and ornaments and exchange them for lighter fresher pieces. A terracotta pot or two planted with bulbs just showing through and a layer of moss on top, always look lovely standing in bowls and on saucers dotted about the house. A few bits from the garden, Witch Hazel, Willow or Dog Wood look good, a sign that spring is not too far away.

All of this activity takes me back years, it’s what my mother used to do and I would help her, I really enjoyed all the activity. It is a great opportunity to actually take stock of the things you chose to decorate your home with throughout the year. A time to actually handle these possessions and reconnect with the sentimental memories they hold. Many of these pieces tell a story, perhaps a picture bought to remember a special holiday, a hand thrown pottery jug that was a gift from a friend. I am lucky as some of my favourite things have been handed down through the generations, but with the ongoing fascination with ‘vintage’ it is easy to find interesting pieces to inject a little nostalgia into your home too.

My own creativity and enjoyment of quality hand produced work, past and present, led me to the Picture Shop and Gallery where we have a Bespoke Picture Framing Workshop, together with a Gallery showcasing some very high quality Contemporary Applied Arts, some of which are local, but all are from British Designer Makers. At the end of last year we began to introduce a few carefully chosen ‘Vintage Finds’ and these were extremely popular. If you haven’t found us yet, then come along and see what we have to offer. We are open Thursday 10 – 12, Friday and Saturday 10 – 4, if those times don’t suit you, then give us a call or email and we will try to arrange a more convenient time.