Where has the time gone? Nearly a month has passed since my last post, although I have been busy. Mostly busy preparing for exhibitions rather than painting if truth be told. However paintings have been selected and framed and now hung. As of 1 May I have paintings in two exhibitions running concurrently at Stamford Arts centre. My own exhibition of 24 paintings hangs in the anteroom and a further 3 paintings are hanging in the main gallery as part of the Welland Valley Arts Society Spring Exhibition. The Spring Exhibition runs until 13 May but my anteroom exhibition runs until 31 May – plently of time to pay a visit. My photos don’t really do the paintings justice. The Arts Centre does a fine line in lunches and cakes. Just saying…….
It was ‘full house’ at the official opening of The Grosvenor Museum’s 12th Open Art Exhibition on 14 March by Sarah Maxfield, Area Director North, Arts Council England. The exhibition walls were also packed as my hastily grabbed photographs show. It was great to see a real breadth of work – in size, media and subject matter – and a chance to see how my own painting had been hung.
The worthy winner of the first prize was Mark Elsmore’s ‘One Man’s Ceiling is Another Man’s Floor’, a beautifully executed piece in watercolour and gouache. Unfortuntely I didn’t manage to grab a photo of it. It is well worth visiting the exhibition to see it (and the other works) in person if you are likely to visit Chester and the surrounding area over the next few months. Entry is free, most works are for sale and the exhibition runs until 21 June. See http://grosvenormuseum.westcheshiremuseums.co.uk/
Some of those works not selected are currently being exhibited at the ‘Not The Grosvenor Open Exhibition‘ at the wonderfully named Funky Aardvark in Chester – an exhibtion space, art workshop and quirky gift shop situated in the medieval Chester Rows. See http://www.funkyaardvark.co.uk/chester.html Most works there are also for sale and as it’s only a stone’s throw from the Grosvenor Museum it’s worth checking out both exhibtions and seeing if you agree with the selectors! Here’s the painting I am exhibiting (and selling) there.