This last weekend saw the first of our Fresh and Unframed events it was a learning curve for us and many of our exhibiting artists who may have never shown their work to the public before.
Saturday morning we arrived at 730 am and unloaded our cars of what seemed like a mountain of easels and browsers.
We with the kind help of Chris from Tansley Village Hall arranged over fourteen tables and many more chairs into position set up our cafe area with the cries of oh no wheres the tea bags!
At 9-10 am our artists delivered their work and Purple signed them all in and handed the art over to Grey to display.
The doors were kept firmly locked until 11 am when as if by magic we had an art exhibition!
We don't particularly plan in detail but we have some kind of vision of how things should be and fun exciting colourful are a few of those things. We hate pretentious events we love welcoming spaces and we hope we achieved that this weekend.
Saturday was very busy and we sold many pieces of artwork the visitors all loved the variety and talent on display with many saying they felt inspired to go home and make art themselves. Sunday although quieter was still steady with a lot of passers by calling in for cups of tea and surprising themselves by taking home a painting.
After the success of this years event we have planned for next year and we have decided that we would like to include the artists much more by having a preview evening on the Friday so that they can meet each other and the public too.
We feel it is incredibly important to provide opportunities to everyone to display their original work in a show without the pressure of professional framing and its associated costs as well as a fear of rejection.
Not all artists sold work but that was no reflection on their talent it is just the way it goes sometimes but by having the work out there in the first place it is a way of gaining experience and confidence. We would like to thank the support from the artists and commend their courage and talent.
So we are looking forward to next years event get painting!
Dates for the diary
June 14th Monsal head Plein Air Trip Free meet in the car park 1030 am onward.
June 28th Trent Lock Pleain Air Trip meet in the car park 10.30 am onward.