THE NEW GALLERY
New Gallery Blog no 1
Every cloud has a silver lining. My convalescence following abdominal surgery has meant that my daughter Odette has taken over the running of our Gallery for April.
She, in turn, has risen to the challenge admirably and now I am sitting up in bed writing the first entry for the New Gallery website Blog which is a part of Odette’s Gallery improvement plans.
This year we hope to expand our activities in many ways. These include the establishment of a stained and fused glass workshop so that both Odette and Andrea Insoll can produce and exhibit glass panels at the gallery.
We also plan to work with Gemma Insoll by exhibiting paintings at the new Insoll Interiors workshops and showroom in The Quarry at Portscatho, possibly as early as June.
These new developments, together with the usual Artists’ activities at the Portscatho studio will be covered as I update this page. Meanwhile, here is a photograph of Odette at the Gallery a few weeks ago.
New Gallery Blog No 2
At last I was allowed to go to work. I was driven down by Andrea, my recent drawings raided by Nina for her unframed drawings website, www.balmenhirgallery.com and the Gallery rehung and organised by Odette who is still in charge, hence the photograph of the store cupboard.
New Gallery blog No 3
Being at the house convalescing again has resulted in my being able to spend more time talking to Andrea about our collaborative pieces. Most of these pictures are as a result of our shared interest in collage, composition and the use of autobiographical ephemera in Art. I usually start and Andrea finishes, although this has not always been the case. We usually work on these pieces independently but lately I have been involved in Andrea’s work in progress. All this has been a marvellous way of developing our Art and I am certain we are both learning a great deal from one another.
Here is Bollinger, Together 3, one of the latest of these collaborative pieces:
New Gallery Blog No 4
That John Dory has served us well.
(Left) I was painting him when the snow was falling in the village. (Middle) Here is in one of my large compositions at Rosevine. (Right) And now he is the star of this new collaborative painting with Andrea Insoll.
New Gallery Blog No5
Watch this space!
This is our Big picture exhibition wall at Insoll Interiors in the Quarry at Portscatho. Opens June 17th.
New Gallery Blog No 6
This marvellous early painting , well over two metres high by Trevor Felcey is to be included within the first hanging of our big picture wall at Insoll Interiors at the Quarry in Portscatho. Let’s hope the wall is big enough for all our big picture plans.......
New Gallery Blog No 7
An earlier than planned start to the Wednesday landscape sessions. Here is Nina Packer’s photograph of Andrew Tozer and Chris Insoll drawing in the harbour at Portscatho this week.
New Gallery Blog No 8
This photograph is of Gallery Artists Nina Packer, Alice Mumford and guest Jackie Kilpatrick in the studio before going out into Portscatho to work ‘ en plein air ‘ yesterday.
On and off for many years Artists from our gallery have met to paint on a Wednesday. This tradition was at the heart of the original Portscatho Art society in the 80s. Indeed we managed seven years of Wednesdays at St Just in Roseland before moving on to other locations. At present we are in Portscatho again and welcome guest Artists to join us. Thanks must go to Odette Insoll for encouraging this revival of an activity so vital to the ethos of the Gallery:
Artists working and exhibiting together.
New Gallery Blog No 9
At last I am able to move most of the pictures around unaided and I have been spending today rehanging the Gallery so as to exhibit our new pictures to advantage. This photograph shows “ a nest of Tozers “ created yesterday whilst Andrew Tozer and I were pricing his new collection.
New Gallery Blog No 10
This week we have been working hard to streamline and edit the hanging in the Gallery and I am delighted to be able to get this marvellous painting by Trevor Felcey (painted in the eighties and which is seven feet high without the frame) onto the back wall.
The studio upstairs is very congested but our customers seem to like this and the Artist are mostly working outside during this lovely weather.
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