Saturday, 24 December 2011

What A Year

It's Christmas Eve in the Gallery, outside the sun is shining, a little sea mist is lifting and the boats shift gently on a calm sea. The Docks Choir has just begun the traditional singing of Cornish carols in front of the church.  So it is time to look back on the year and to look forward to the next year.

What a year it has been.  This year we joined forces with Falmouth Art Gallery to complement their exhibition, British Impressionists, with a series of exhibitions of Contemporary Impressionism.  From June to September the gallery was bustling with new shows every two weeks.

We held a very successful exhibition of Watercolours, showcasing this often overlooked and very challenging medium.

We also ventured forth to horizons beyond the Tamar, showing our artists at Bristol and London Affordable Art Fairs and Edinburgh Art Fair.  We throughly enjoyed the very hard work, meeting new collectors, making new friends, selling lots of beautiful paintings and collecting a new artist or two on the way.

To look forward to the New Year, we are continuing the connection with Falmouth Art Gallery with what will be a wonderful exhibition called "Effortless Brushstrokes", which on first glance is a contradiction in terms but as Picasso said "There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, thanks to their art and intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun" and that, in a Picasso style nutshell, is what it is all about.

We have a very exciting mixed exhibition at the end of January, "Still Lifes" is a stunning collection of quietly beautiful paintings, a contemporary take on the very rich tradition of still life painting, perfect for the start of the year.
We have taken on some new artists, which I am very excited about and, should you decide to follow this very informative blog, (see the top right corner) I shall be introducing some more studio visit blog posts throughout the year.
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So all that remains is to wish you the most happy Christmas and a jolly fine New Year from us all at Beside the Wave.

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