This is the final week of our Affordable Art Show and I'm pleased to say that it has been a wonderful success. This annual exhibition usually is. Everything is priced under £500 and we exhibit works by thirty or more successful Scottish artists, but this year it has been especially good. And this is especially good news in these less than abundant times.
Visitor numbers have been up and consequently so have sales. I'm so interested in what sells. Artists and galleries have long wondered whether what sells is as random as the spin of the roulette wheel, or perhaps there is a general trend that the art-loving community is favouring.
I believe that there is something for everyone, but certain factors can't help but influence peoples' buying habits in general. Constant talk in the media of purse strings naturally makes us more aware and more protective of them. But people still want to be creative, to enhance their surroundings, acquire something unique and irreplaceable, and what I have noticed recently is perhaps the more unique the better.
The gallery has been selling work that is exciting, thought-provoking and not to everyone's taste, and this makes my heart skip a beat.
I love talent expressed in all its endless forms, but I especially love it when it is fearless. We are lucky that the artists we show at Smithy Gallery are individual, bold, subtle and thoughtful. They are brave enough to express themselves for all to see - fearless.
Thank you to all the wonderful artists who have taken part in this exhibition.
No images today, you will have to use your boundless imagination! Or better still, visit the gallery to see for yourself. The exhibition continues until Sunday 26 February.
Thanks for reading!