Yesterday, I met up with John Page in York. John contacted me after seeing my work in the Cathedral in Ripon, part of the Great North Art Show exhibition. Since then, we have been conversing about painting and life in general via email and finally managed to find a date where we were both available to meet. John is a painter, retired from farming and a very charming and interesting man to hang out with. We met for lunch in Artestee, a gallery/cafe, run by Estee; it has lots of paintings and crafts for sale, including two paintings by John, which I am glad to say, I picked out without any prompting! http://www.artestee.co.uk/ We then visited the Pyramid gallery, where John collected a beautiful pot he had purchased, and I gave Terry my card. The work displayed is of very high quality and I very much enjoyed chatting with Terry and John about art and life in general. http://www.pyramidgallery.com/
From there, we went to According to Mcgee, York's "white cube" gallery space, which is opposite Cliffords Tower. A lovely space with some really interesting work on display. http://www.accordingtomcgee.com/exhibitions/thenewcollectablesofthenorth We had a good chat and a look round. All in all, a really good day and a friendship forged.
Thanks to Debbie Loane of the Lund Gallery, Easingwold, http://www.lundgallery.co.uk/ for her hospitality this evening (14th November), where we had our social meeting for Ryedale ArtWorks. www.ryedaleartworks.com We invited artists and makers from outside Ryedale to join us; as a group we believe that boundaries should be fluid and that we should be inclusive. We were joined by Sarah Barrowby and Kristina Jones from "Welcome To Yorkshire". RAW are now members, a move that should begin to benefit all of our group in terms of increased exposure and marketing. http://www.yorkshire.com/
I did take my camera, meaning to record the evening but in the event, it was so busy, I didn't have time. All in all, a very successful meeting, with new people to talk to and at least 2 possible new members. Many thanks to everyone who attended, and helped us eat up all the cake!
The evening ended on a personal bonus for me: Stef and Ian of Duckett and Jeffreys Gallery, Malton, (which is about to move premises, developing their exhibiting approach to include artisan craft, more workshops as well as fine art, with fewer regular one artist exhibitions), have asked if I would like to be one of the artists whose work they represent. This will mean having a few pieces in stock at the gallery and relating, smaller pieces for their touring caravan gallery and good quality photographs for their on line gallery. I feel this is a good way for them to go. I'm honoured to be asked and am looking forward to this whole experience. http://www.duckettandjeffreys.com/