Sunday, 20 November 2011

keeping it local

visitors enjoying the exhibition on Saturday afternoon
© Teresa Newham 2011

If it's November it must be time for the Harpenden Arts Club Annual Open Exhibition; and, sure enough, I recently found myself sorting out d-rings, labels and bubble wrap for the four entries I'd rashly listed on the application form.  I went for framed exhibits this year:  View from my Back Bedroom Window (which following our house move is now the view from somebody else's), Cardinal's Wharf, Poppy Fields and - to vary things a bit - a framed reduction linocut Venetian Masks.

View from (somebody else's) Back Bedroom Window on display at the exhibition
© Teresa Newham 2011

As usual I'd put myself down for a couple of hours stewarding - I don't get along to the club meetings so stewarding is a good way to meet other members and, of course, the general public.  I was delighted to find myself sitting alongside the talented watercolourist Jan Makower, who's work I really admire.  We had an interesting chat about selling art during the recession, and I asked her about the various classes she runs. 

Cardinal's Wharf on display
© Teresa Newham 2011

And I have to say, recession or not, the public are still buying art if it's at the right price.  A number of HAC members obviously have their own following, as they'd sold several pieces each (local scenes are very popular); and our stewarding session saw one eager buyer purchase two ceramics - it was great to see some ceramics on show alongside the paintings and there was a good variety of media on the walls, too.

unframed exhibiits in browsers, plus ceramics (Poppy Fields hanging in the background)
© Teresa Newham 2011

We were kept busy sorting out voting slips - the HAC encourage visitors to vote for their favourite three exhibits, and there were so many completed slips that the jar assigned to hold them was completely jammed, and I found myself putting them in batches held in place with elastic bands (I hope they make it into the count LOL).  The HAC allow stewards to sell their own cards during their stint, and a lady who popped in just as we were closing bought some of mine.  That was a bonus!

Venetian Masks was there, too!
© Teresa Newham 2011

2 comments:

  1. This is always a really interesting little show and although I didn't have much time to look round this year it was obvious that what was on display was of very high quality, including, of course, yours!

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  2. Thanks! yes, for a small society the HAC put on a lovely exhibition each year, and run it very professionally. I always enjoy it!

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