After all the preparation that goes into an exhibition, particularly a solo exhibition of this quality, it is a genuine pleasure when its preview goes as well as it did on Sunday.
Sandy Murphy RSW RGI PAI has put together a remarkable collection of sketchbooks, studies and paintings for this special exhibition - 'Process'.
We were absolutely delighted to be asked to house this exhibition. We worked alongside the artist on the catalogue and on the hanging of the exhibition, and it seems to complement the gallery space perfectly.
So when all was finally ready and the gallery serene, we waited for people to come to share in the huge effort behind all of the months of work and the staging of the show.
Sandy Murphy has a huge fan-base, and lovers of his work came from all over Scotland to catch the preview of this special exhibition.
It isn't often you get to see the sketchbooks and studies behind beautifully finished paintings and in Sandy's case, these can be as lovely as the finished pieces, so many of them have been snapped up already.
This is a large exhibition and there is a lot to take in, but we are delighted that over twenty paintings sold in a couple of hours.
A really big thank you to Sandy and his family and to all the people who made Sunday such a special day.
This exhibition can be viewed at the gallery from Tues-Sat 11-5pm and Sun 1-5pm. For more information, please check the website: http://www.smithygallery.co.uk/currentExhibitions.htm
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