Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Hanging the Christmas Exhibition

There's always something exciting and a little bit daunting when all the paintings have arrived for a big mixed exhibition like our upcoming Christmas show.
After a lot of planning, and inviting your favourite artists to take part, when all the work arrives it feels like it's all coming to fruition, except the hard work is just beginning.
The next task is to get the paintings from cosily wrapped up on the floor to adorning the gallery walls.
You want to show them all off fabulously, but still fit them all in. . . . . .

Starting is sometimes the hardest part.  Suddenly admin and writing blog posts seems easier . . .
Must go and unwrap!
The Christmas exhibition opens Sunday 23rd November.
Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Last Week

When the gallery has a solo exhibition it goes without saying that you want to do your best for that artist and of course you want to sell everything!  The former is a little easier than the latter.



When I have a solo exhibition with an artist it is because I love their work and I like and respect them also.  So naturally my highest hopes are for them to be incredibly pleased with the result.

The Margaretann Bennett solo exhibition ends this Sunday and thankfully there has been a great response and lots of sales.  But . . . . several beautiful paintings have yet to sell and I'm showcasing them on the blog today.
Another Time, Another Place
These are the paintings that I have loved from the moment I saw them.  They are hanging beautifully in the gallery and they are just missing one thing - a red dot!

In my experience, the last week of a solo exhibition is a busy one.  Many people grab a painting immediately and some wait to see if the one they want is still available at the end of an exhibition before going for it.



So if you want to see what is still available, please visit the website at  http://www.smithygallery.com/

Snow Flurry, Dumgoyne

It has been a joy to stage this exhibition of new paintings by Margaretann.  She works incredibly hard and she puts great time, effort and feeling into her multi-layered paintings.

Writing Set and Three Keys

The exhibition continues until 5pm on Sunday 16th.

Thanks for reading!


Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Cabinet of Curios

When we have a solo exhibition, we like the artist to take advantage of our glass display cabinets that feature in the centre of the gallery.
These can be used to display sketchbooks, sketches, or anything that the artist feels compliments their new collection of works.
I knew when Margaretann Bennett came to using the cabinets, they would be nothing short of wonderful.

Alongside smaller unframed paintings, the artist has filled the cabinets with objects she has collected over the years, many of which inspire and also feature in her paintings.

These include antique love letters, exotic beetles, jewellery and beautiful examples of turn of the century photography.



This exhibition has attracted many visitors and one by one these uniquely beautiful paintings are finding homes to go to.
The exhibition continues until 16 November and all of the works can be viewed on the website:
Thanks for reading!