Monday, 19 May 2014

two weeks in May



Methodist Church Hall art & craft fair:
an early version of my table layout
© Teresa Newham
For the last two weeks I've been preparing for - and taking part in - two local art events; which has meant my feet have hardly touched the ground.  The first was one of the regular Art & Craft fairs at the Methodist Church Hall in Harpenden High Street; I was sharing the stage area with five other local members of Herts Visual Arts.

Methodist Church Hall art & craft fair:
photos by Bel Bluemel and oil painting by Fiona Gaskell
© Teresa Newham
The six of us were showing and selling a variety of watercolours, oils, prints, photos, drawings and ceramics; our steady stream of visitors had plenty of work to choose from!

Methodist Church Hall art & craft fair:
drawings by Hillary Taylor and ceramics by Elspeth Keith
© Teresa Newham
There was a huge selection of various craft items in the main part of the hall, ranging from the lovely cakes you can see below in the foreground, to copper ornaments, jazzy handbags, baby clothes, sewing accessories and more.  The fairs are eagerly anticipated by their regular clients, and there is always a lot of interest.

Methodist Church Hall art & craft fair: the view from the stage
© Teresa Newham
I had some excellent feedback and good sales; I'm looking forward to doing the next one on Saturday 5th July.   Other dates in the series are 20th September (which I'm missing due to Open Studios), 18th October and 8th November.

Methodist Church Hall art & craft fair:
Sue Wookey's watercolours, two of my pieces & my prints in the browser
© Teresa Newham

As soon as I recovered from the first event, it was time to get my exhibits ready for Art@StJohns - Facebook users can visit their page here.   This was an exhibition hosted by St John's church in Southdown; I'd visited their previous show three years ago and enjoyed it immensely.

Art@St Johns: my three framed exhibits
© Teresa Newham
As well as a variety of paintings and photos there was a selection of crafts, plus the opportunity for visitors to buy cards and bookmarks.

Art@St Johns: the cards & crafts corner
© Teresa Newham
I spent a happy - and extremely busy - Sunday afternoon stewarding and meeting some lovely people, while my husband took a good look round and enjoyed one of the excellent cream teas available - a thoroughly civilised touch - and along with many other exhibitors I had some very pleasing sales. All in all a successful and popular local event!

Art@St Johns: the view from the steward's table
© Teresa Newham
My next chance to meet more art lovers will be at Art on the Common in Harpenden - hope to see you there.  Fingers crossed for the weather . . .

Saturday 14th/ Sunday 15th June
Art on the Common
open air exhibition on Harpenden Common ~ the Saturday coincides with Harpenden Common Discovery Day. Something for everyone!
10am - 5pm (Sat)
11am - 5pm (Sun)


3 comments:

  1. Great exhibitions. I thought your selection of exhibits was really thoughtful and the sales very pleasing, especially at St John's.

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  2. Congrats on those sales : -) St Johns looks as though it was a really interesting exhibition!

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