THE NEW GALLERY
The New Gallery Blog No 33
One of our artists has done an installation at the Hidden Hut at our local beach Porthcurnick. Here is her story.
Treasure or Trash
I moved to Portscatho over 30years ago and having always previously lived in towns or cities I became instantly captivated with the sea and more especially the beach and I've remained so ever since.
I started beach combing straight away and consequently my collection of 'TREASURE' in the studio has grown bigger and bigger over the intervening years.
Around 10yrs ago I began to make collages [Objects Trouves] and pieces from flotsam and jetsam I was accumulating.
My sense of excitement and anticipation at what I might find has never diminished but is now tempered by a sence of horror at the ever increasing volume of 'TREASURE' washed up on our shores and the untold damage this is doing to the marine environment.
This piece has been made from a selection of the flotsam and jetsam I have collected on Porthcurnick beach during the winter months this year.
I have also prepared 2 frame grids which I hope will be filled by visitors to the beach and Hut during the coming season.
One persons trash is another persons treasure
The New Gallery Blog No 32
Our new hang for a New year includes this cozy seating area.
Odette doing the year end accounts.
Andrea Insoll's latest and biggest picture is up at last.
The New Gallery Blog No 31
A day at the auction; training Odette up.
The New Gallery Blog No 30
The first sketch club afternoon session at the Gerrans Heritage centre.
The New Gallery Blog No 29
The Felceys have arrived!
After a year Trevor Felcey has brought us a spectacular collection of new work.
The New Gallery Blog No 28
Eric Ward and Chris Insoll making the most of the sunshine down at Pencabe.
The New Gallery Blog No 27
Back to work in the Rosevine studio.
The New Gallery Blog No 26
A collection of brightly coloured plastic collected on the local beach by Artist Andrea Insoll to be recycled in to beach combing art.
A great way to clean our beaches from the pollution washed up every day.
The New Gallery Blog No 25
The Gallery is bursting at the seams with new work from our artsists and our resent auction trip.
(Please click on images to see orginal)
The New Gallery Blog No 24
Great day at the sale room.
Good luck with the weather, Snow frightened off some of our competitiors?
The New Gallery Blog No 23
" Three years on and this picture of the studio upstairs at the New Gallery is still a work in progress. "
The New Gallery Blog No 22
The New Gallery, new look after our November makeover.
The New Gallery blog No 21
Artists Eric Ward and Howard Milton at work in the studio upstairs.
The New Gallery blog No 20
Week one of the redecorating completed. Nina and Odette have been busy at work giving one half of the gallery a face lift. We have today rehung the gallery ready for next week when we take on the second half.
New Gallery blog No 19
We are digging out the paint tins ready for November when Odette and Nina will be tackiling the task of redecorating here at The New Gallery.
We will be open as normal just will have that fresh paint smell!
New Gallery blog No 18
Our studio upstairs is in constant use and many of our Artists admit to doing some of their best work in Portscatho. Here is the marvellous Alice Mumford lost in thought in our studio last week.
New Gallery blog No 17
Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10-12am & 2-5pm
New Gallery blog No 16
The studio upstairs is now set for Autumn and a return to Portraits and figure studies. Most of our Artists paint people and this is something else which distinguishes us from other Galleries.
New Gallery blog No 15
I couldn’t resist taking this photograph of such a discerning customer yesterday.
Yes, he did buy the picture.
New Gallery blog No 14
The New Gallery studio is not just about the pictures. We try to have fresh fish each Wednesday.
New Gallery No blog 13
Danny Holmes Adams decided to accept the challenge presented by a marvellous crayfish today. He had to paint it before lunch especially as he had set it up in the sunlit window. Exceptional lunch. Exceptional picture. Not a bad morning in the studio upstairs today.
New Gallery blog No 12
Many of our customers worry about getting their pictures home. Our preferred solution is to hoist their picture up into the roof of their car using picture cord and the car's grab handles.
Here is a photograph sent to me by a visitor from Liverpool.
New Gallery blog No 11
It has been Andrew Tozer's week this week, including two pictures in and out on the same day.
And, we were closed.
Our customers are encouraged to meet our Artists and we hope that this makes the Gallery feel more friendly.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.