Friday, 25 November 2011
Ryedale ArtWorks Launch
A big thank you to all who attended the successful launch of RAW last night. It was lovely that those of our members who could not attend the launch but who are committed to the group sent messages of support too. Unfortunately I forgot my camera so have no photo's to post. A good time was had by all and I am really looking forward to being part of raising the profile of professional artists, makers and galleries in Ryedale. Work will start on the new artist's directory in the new year and I think that we shall have more members queueing to be included because it has been an incrediby useful marketing tool.
Thanks to Andy Dalton, printmaker and manager of The Gallery at Ryedale Folk Museum who is our Treasurer and IT wizzard for unfailing good humour and for constructing our initial web site, Janey Hayton for stirling work as acting Chair until next February, Jennifer Tetlow for her insight at the beginnings, sorry you have had to step down but glad it's because of work committments. Thank you Robert Birmingham of The Pantry in Lockton for all the work you put in on the constitution; sorry that you are leaving us and best wishes for the future. Extra special thanks to Yvette Turnbull, Creative Economy Officer at Ryedale District Council for all the belief, encouragement and practical support you have given and continue to give.
Sounds like an Oscar speech! Hurrah for us!
This year's directory has been a fantastic publication and marketing tool for all the artists involved and is the result of the hard work of the sub committee of members of RAW : graphic designer and artist Ian Mitchell, artist Sue Slack, Andy Dalton print maker and manager of The Gallery, Ryedale Folk Museum, potter Janet Hayton, artists Liz Bailey and Chris Ware and as ever, the support of Yvette Turnbull Creative Economy Officer, Ryedale District Council.
This directory is the second one produced so far and has been eyed with envy by artists from other areas in Yorkshire. We hope to make the next one even better.