Are you struggling to come up with ideas for Christmas gifts? What do you get that person who has everything. Few gifts are more memorable than an original painting, a unique print or a piece of studio pottery. In a throwaway society, art is a timeless gift which may become an heirloom.
"If everyone who'd complimented our beautiful gallery had bought 'just a card' we'd still be open.”
When artist and designer, Sarah Hamilton, read this quote by the owners of a small gallery which had recently closed, it prompted her to set up JUST A CARD, a movement to encourage people to buy from designers and craftspeople, independent galleries and shops.
It’s the busiest week of our year as we prepare for our Christmas Exhibition opening on Sunday. We’ve been around the country collecting work, artists have been making deliveries, picture framers have been assembling frames, printmakers have been working their presses, ceramic artists have been firing kilns, sculptors have been modelling work and mince pie making is underway.
Chris Forsey’s first memory of drawing is with his grandad, who lived downstairs from him in London, when he was a boy. He would spend the morning with him and pestering his grandad for something to do, he gave him some paper that meat had been delivered in, and a pencil.
We have had a glorious summer. Now the first hints of autumn are appearing as we prepare our new exhibition. Many artists enjoy the richness of the season after the brash light of summer.
Barbara Robertson (Babs) sadly died this month, just days short of her 73rd birthday. Barbara was a superb printmaker, sensitive, observant, full of humour and wonderfully skilled. She was also warm, generous and great company.
Summertime and the livin’ is easy...so goes the Gershwin song. Well summer seems to have well and truly arrived this year with temperatures even in north east Scotland soaring into the high twenties. We always look forward to our Summer Exhibition as we take the opportunity to introduce new artists to the gallery.