First AppArt at Home Exhibition a sun-kissed success
The hottest day of the year – July 17 – saw us open our studio and garden for the first “AppArt at Home Exhibition,” writes Gwyn Phillips.
Months of preparation culminated in a glorious day to welcome visitors to Grayswood
It was a small intimate gathering of participating artists, friends and guests who have supported us over the years. The garden and house were looking at their very best and the artwork enhanced our whole living space.
The following evening with invited our neighbours and friends from our village and over fifty turned up to see what we had been creating over the last two years. We carried on late into the night and the soffit lights illuminated the studio which looked a little like a space ship about to take off.
The weekend weather continued in a hot vein and the heavy rain on Saturday arrived early and didn’t spoil proceedings. There was a steady flow of visitors and sales continued to be made so by the Sunday evening 11 of the 14 participating artists had enjoyed sales of their work.
A few days off and we got ready for our second week. We were delighted to entertain several members of Surrey Sculpture Society and other artists that exhibit with us. It was great to show them round and get their feedback on our studio and garden. The garden was showing the sculpture off to its best and the delphiniums that I grew from seed were just beginning to flower and the climbing roses were just about ready for a second show.
The final weekend proved as good as the previous one, although there were slightly fewer visitors. However many of them bought work so by the Sunday evening we had sold work from 12 of the 14 artists. Adam Aaronson’s glass art was popular and Alison Catchlove Bzzz (bees) were all snapped up. Indoors Diana King’s poppy paintings were most popular but Tuema Pattie’s abstract landscapes of the South Downs had red stickers and Geraldine’s exquisite hand crafted silver jewellery and collages of flowers were also well received.
We would like to thank all our participating artists and all the visitors to our first “Exhibition at Home.” We have enjoyed seeing you all in our Grayswood home and we look forward to welcoming you to our next exhibition.