Welcome back to all those who have been away for the summer and if, like us, you have been here for most of the summer, we hope that you have managed to stay afloat despite the torrential rain……we believe moorings for boats are somewhat cheaper in the village than the cost of parking a car and the wardens don’t issue tickets! Schools are starting back this week so I guess that everyone is rushing around checking that uniforms still fit and sorting out stationary and equipment. There is a definite autumnal nip in the air as we mourn the passing of summer 2014 and herald in the new season.
As we anticipate the changing of the leaves on the trees we are excited that things are changing here at the gallery, in more ways than one.
New Show – Rare French WW1 Posters
Firstly we are in the final stages of pulling our next show together, the rare WW1 French propaganda posters, which opens on 10 September. Our photographs do not do these wonderful lithographs justice; now 100 years old, these beautiful works of art have survived two world wars (only one while pressed into actual service) and provide us with a unique insight into life at this monumental moment in history.
The story that one sees played out across these French examples of wartime propaganda is fascinating. The French did not introduce conscription, as we did, so they had to work exceedingly hard to entice young men to join the allied ranks. Like us, they too had to raise funds to pay for the war and again, it was the poster that was utilized to guilt, cajole and encourage citizens to buy the war bonds on offer. This slice of history is highly collectible with prices ranging from £250 up to £1,750.
Many have commented on the myriad of goodies that we always have on offer; we delight in being able to bring wonderful and sometimes unexpected treasures for your delectation and love to be able to bring less well-known, but no less amazing artists to your attention. So, in the spirit of wanting to keep you all on your toes, we have decided that it is time to change all of our stock……absolutely everything!!! Yes you did read that correctly; we are changing our entire stock.
However, before you go into panic mode we would like to reassure you that we are remaining true to our core principles of making top quality 20th/21st century art and artists available for you to admire and purchase at sensible prices. It is the individual pictures that we are stocking here in the gallery that are changing. You will still be able to come in and find Chagall and Picasso sitting alongside Hockney and Pasmore, but they will simply be different examples. So if you have been hesitating over a particular piece for a little while then perhaps now is the time to decide or at the very least let us know so that we can make sure that once it leaves our walls, it isn’t lost to you forever.
As always, we can bring things in to order from our associate gallery, Goldmark, – their vast stock remains available to all our customers – and remember that we are always at the end of a phone or email and encourage you to talk to us about what you are looking for. Remember that far-reaching radar is still in operation.
Pots, Pots, Pots…
We have just unpacked a wonderful collection of new pots by Phil Rogers. Following his recent and very successful show with our associate, Goldmark – his first major show in six years – we now have a selection of beautiful new pieces for you to view and purchase. Drop in and have a closer look at the wondrous forms “that grow like leaves, like trees, from his fingers”. Rogers continues to live and work in his native Wales and his pots are informed by the influences that have surrounded him all his life.
Prices start from £55 and go up to just over £1,000.
We have not yet firmed up on our last dedicated show of the year because there are so many possibilities but it will be hung towards the end of October so stay in touch.