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Offering a helping hand

Offering a helping hand

Exceptional circumstances often generate acts of generosity and community spirit. We are lucky that the art community is always very giving and supportive. Maybe its because most artists have at one time, or another felt the pain and heartache of barely making ends meet.  I remember living off tuna rice salad in those days of waiting for the grant cheque to come in before credit cards were every item in your wallet. Checking the emails in eager anticipation of our next booking, which meant we would survive when we started our chalet business. Fighting AXA to refund the cost of emergency surgery in...

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Keep Calm and Create

Keep Calm and Create

In these uncertain times, when stuck at home, make use of the great gift of time you have been given and create. We have an unprecedented opportunity to take a step back from your busy life to do something constructive. Our studio artists are doing just that. With no distractions from social get-togethers or events, they have immersed themselves in their passion. The paints are out. The canvases are prepped. And their minds are filling with positive, inspirational ideas. Mentally the last few weeks have been tough on everyone. It's easy to lose perspective when you have no routine, and some people feel adrift with...

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Supporting the makers

Supporting the makers

One of the lovely aspects of opening the gallery has been all the heartfelt support we have received from other artists and makers in the area. It has made us realise how lucky we are to be a part of an amazing creative community and how integral it is to our nature. Fifteen years ago, we escaped our nine-to-five existence to live in the Alps. The area was a playground for sports enthusiasts, a paradise for nature buffs and rich in heritage for culture lovers. But artistically it was a vacuum. We started to paint and sketch again during the art...

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A journey to freedom of expression

A journey to freedom of expression

It's International women's day, so what better excuse to focus on the contribution women have made to art. Our first female exhibitor Lee Kellgren has journeyed from a career in computer graphics, through motherhood, returning to undertake a degree in art later in life and restarting her life as a printmaker and painter. Our subsequent exhibitors, Linda Matthews, Nicola Moseley, Corinne Detain and Ella Carty, have also taken unique journeys into making their mark from their dedicated studio spaces. For years women have been represented as a subject rather than the creative force behind the artwork. Having the time, money...

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Three was a magic number

Three was a magic number

We caused a bit of confusion this week with our three opening events. Our hectic and bewildering schedule wasn't an excuse to party for three nights solidly, it was all part of a cunning plan to take into account the size of the gallery, the number of people we had invited, and numerology. The theory of three defines rules in science, interior design and speechwriting. It is used to structure plays, TV series and film scripts, and often defines a group of good-humoured comrades in dramas. Think Harry Potter, Charlies Angels, the Three Amigos etc. This week our own talented trio of...

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