We would like to start this newsletter with two apologies. The first is for our appearance; thanks to the landlord and his renovations upstairs, we are currently surrounded by scaffolding and are therefore not looking our best at present. That said the art is, as always, top notch so please don’t be put off by the scaffolding and still drop in for a visit. The second apology is for the lateness of this newsletter. Little did we realize that running two shows back-to-back would see us almost collapse under the weight of work required, both to curate and gather our information.
June is the month for roses, warm sun, tea in the garden and light evenings. 21 June is Midsummer’s Day when the sun rises earlier and sets later than on any other day. It is also the day of magic, when fairies (if you believe in them) feast and dance from midnight to dawn.
Years ago, people used to light bonfires on Midsummer’s Day to encourage the sun to shine. They would hurl burning discs into the air and roll blazing wheels downhill in imitation of the sun’s journey across the sky. Stonehenge was built for the festival of the sun.
For us, June signifies the month when we celebrate our birthday; this year, we are three! It is hard to believe that we really are that old but it feels like we might make it into pre-school.
This month we are dividing our loyalties between two great artists; Jankel Adler and Pablo Picasso. With regards to the former our show will continue until 14 June and in respect of the latter, our show will open on 17 June. The two days in between are when we will be working like Trojans to take one show down and hang another but, as ever, if you happen to be passing you are welcome to drop in……although be prepared to wield a hammer or slap on some Polyfilla because this is the first time that we have run two dedicated shows back-to-back!
Be warned, the Adler works will not be hanging around in the gallery after the show closes – they are being collected on Monday 15 June – so if you have been delaying your visit because you think that they will be lurking in our stock room for another week or two, don’t because they won’t be there.
Picasso Prints – from 17 June
Recently, most of us will have read about the Picasso painting that achieved a new record at auction – £115m. Whilst we can only wonder at the sheer size of the number involved we should take heart.
Picasso was a prolific artist and there are many wonderful artworks by this 20th century giant which are more attainable to us more ordinary folk. We are therefore delighted to bring you a veritable feast of Picasso beauties from 17 June with our show of prints by this iconic artist. We will have examples of his linograuvre, his etchings, his lithography and his screenprinting. With prices starting from as little as £350 to £3,500 we will have something to appeal to everyone’s pocket.
Showcasing Mike Dodd
Alongside our magnificent exhibition of Picasso prints we will be showcasing the wonderful work of British potter, Mike Dodd.
We have some fabulous new pieces being delivered to the gallery shortly to add to our current collection, so don’t miss out! Dodd is one of Britain’s most prestigious potters. He lives and works in the beautifully rural surroundings of Glastonbury, Somerset and brings a wonderfully quiet but investigative manner to his pots.