Issue 40

Let a man walk ten miles steadily on a hot summer’s day along a dusty English road, and he will soon discover why beer was invented.
Gilbert K. Chesterton

“Summer, after all, is a time when wonderful things can happen to quiet people. For those few months, you’re not required to be who everyone thinks you are, and that cut-grass smell in the air and the chance to dive into the deep end of a pool give you a courage you don’t have the rest of the year. You can be grateful and easy, with no eyes on you, and no past. Summer just opens the door and lets you out.”
Deb Caletti, Honey, Baby, Sweetheart

Welcome to our August newsletter when we are clearly thinking about warm summer evenings, ice-cold beer or rosé and just letting go.

Talking of things well-chilled, we invite you to raise a glass because finally, after all the promises, our shiny new website is up and running. Yes, www.sylvesterfineart.co.uk has been updated, upgraded and turned into something far more exciting than ever before.

Firstly, our stock room will always be up-to-date – if something gets sold it will either say so or simply not be there; secondly, we will build up our ‘useful information’ pages, a place to find the sort of material that you often see dotted around the gallery, imparting interesting facts; and thirdly, we will be able to keep our newsletters much shorter (in the future) because you will find the full text on the website with pictures and buttons to direct you to the various pages that might be of interest.

Be patient because we are still getting used to the whole thing ourselves and it will take us a little time to iron out all glitches and get much smoother with our own maintenance of the site. We are working towards being able to upload everything in real time and simply use the monthly newsletter to draw your attention to the new things and let you know about future developments at the gallery.

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Rigby Graham…

We are now more than half way through our Rigby Graham show so if you have been putting off your visit……..don’t delay any more otherwise it will be gone. This master of colour, line and observation should not be overlooked; our love affair with the work of this artist is more than 25 years old and it does not grow old or tired.
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Rigby Graham, Sitia, Crete, signed oil on canvas, 44.5cm x 49.0cm, £7,250
Rigby Graham, Barracuda, Balluta Bay, 1994, signed watercolour, 40.5cm x 50.0cm, £1,450
Rigby Graham, Lindisfarne, 1996, signed watercolour, 40.0cm x 50.0cm, £1,450
Rigby Graham, Flughafen, Hanover, 1986, signed woodcut, 27.0cm x 52.5cm, £375
Rigby Graham, Agia, signed woodcut, 30.0cm x 48.0cm, £450

Artists & potters…

Each month it is our intention to feature an artist and a potter. In much the same way as we showcase the work of a particular potter upstairs in the main gallery space, we now intend to do the same on our website. From the home page you will be able to navigate quickly and easily to the relevant stock pages so that you can learn more and view more.

August’s featured potter is Clive Bowen and we currently have Julian Trevelyan as our artist of the month.

Clive Bowen, CB242, Giant bowl; yellow & black with green trail, 21.5 x 44.0, £575
Clive Bowen, CB717, Store Jar; yellow with sgraffito fish & prawn, 25.5 cm x 19.5 cm, £300
Julian Trevelyan, Amsterdam, 1975, signed etching, aquatint, £1,250, 35.0cm x 48.0cm
Julian Trevelyan, The Guru, 1968, signed etching, aquatint and soft ground, £950, 35.0cm x 47.2cm

Dates for the diary…

17 September marks the start of our Matisse Prints show. As with other exhibitions of the modern masters, we have produced a catalogue to accompany this show and this will be posted on the website as well as mailed out to you for easy reference. Copies are already available in the gallery if you want to drop in although the pictures have not yet arrived.

Don’t forget that we are here to help you; we will try to answer your questions; we will try to help you to identify the perfect picture for your home; we will try to make your experience of art and this gallery as rich and as pleasant as we can.
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