Friday, December 30, 2011

With Thanks

It has been an amazing year at Smithy Gallery. 

In such unpredictable times we have had a very good year, including four very successful solo exhibitions.  Thank you so much to George Birrell, Gordon Wilson, Sandy Murphy RSW RGI and Margaretann Bennett RSW for bringing excitement, colour, beauty and drama to the gallery. 

With each show, the space was transformed into a different world and took me with it.  I loved each one.

Thank you to all the wonderful artists that have supported the gallery since we opened six years ago.  And also to the new artists who have entrusted us with their work.  We would be nothing without you, except for four very characterful old walls, wooden beams, a slate roof - a very pretty cottage - but not the contemporary and stimulating place that I had always dreamt of.

And of course thank you to the customers, old and new.  It's lovely to see the gallery being enjoyed by regularly visitors, and it's lovely to be discovered.

Lastly, thank you to the special people in my life (you know who you are!).  You amaze me with your tireless interest in all things gallery, and you help me in more ways than you realise.  I simply couldn't do it without you.

Have a wonderful New Year.  See you in 2012!

Thanks for reading!



  1. Happy New Year when it comes. Have enjoyed reading your blog and look forward to new posts in 2012 :)

  2. How lovely, thank you Elizabeth, it's very much appreciated. Happy New Year to you too!

  3. Florence CrawfordTuesday, January 03, 2012

    Happy New Year Natalie, hope this year is as successful as last. It's not all down to the artists, as I'm sure all your visitors will agree. The enthusiasm you impart when talking about your artists is what leads us in to see what we might otherwise have missed.
    A warm and friendly welcome is what some galleries lack, and the value of it should never be underestimated.
    Also, the lovely chocolates might help!!!

  4. Thank you Florence, that's so kind. Hope to see you soon and Happy New Year! There's a choccie here with your name on it!

  5. Florence CrawfordSunday, January 08, 2012

    Must be a big one then!