Friday, February 03, 2012

A Good Year

What a start to the year it's been!  I'm so pleased to say that this, our fourth annual Affordable Art Show, is doing better than ever.  Since it opened last Sunday, twenty-two paintings have sold, and twenty-one pieces of sculpture and ceramic!

I like to use numbers because it shows in black and white that it's still possible to thrive in the art world.  The importance of art in our lives is still being recognised, and the talent that we have in Scotland is not only being appreciated, but it's being snapped up.

So what can follow such a successful show . . . .  The diary of exhibitions for the year is I think, one of the most exciting we've had.  With Smithy Gallery favourites, together with well known collectible Scottish artists who haven't exhibited with us before, the diary for the year is looking more than good.  Here's a sneak preview:

In March, we have a long-awaited solo exhibition by Scottish colourist Laura Harrison . . . .

In April, we are showing works by the famed Alasdair Gray in a two-person exhibition with Joyce Gunn Cairns MBE, who I think is his east coast match . . . .

In May/June we have a group exhibition of works by acclaimed artists Kirsty Wither, Christopher Wood RSW, Hazel Nagl, Kevin Low and David Schofield.  This will be a stunning showcase of artistic talent from bold expression, to intricate narrative detail.  A must-see!

And then we have the honour of holding a memorial exhibition for the much-loved Carlo Rossi RSW RGI, who died in 2010 at the age of eighty nine.  A wonderful painter and a wonderful man.

In August a three person exhibition with David Martin RSW RGI, Sian MacQueen RSW and Charles Simpson.

In September, I'm delighted to be exhibiting new paintings by Sandy Murphy RSW RGI PAI again.  This time he will be showing in a four person show with his chosen contemporaries.

I've whizzed through most of the year, and so many possible paintings have whizzed through my  mind, so I should stop here before I exhaust myself with anticipation!

And I don't wish to give it all away just yet anyway, so you will just have to stay tuned! 

But I think it will be a good year.

Thanks for reading!