This year our exhibition has been a great success thanks to the quality of the artwork, good weather and excellent publicity.
Visitor numbers were substantially up thanks to the BBC South Today feature. We had new visitors coming from as far away as Christchurch, Southampton, Winchester, Newbury, Oxford and Windsor.
Outside we sold more sculptures than ever before with 62 sales not including the multiple sales of dragonflies, birds etc There were significant sales with Ev Meynell’s “Welcome to the New Year” and Julia Webster’s beautifully crafted glass “Thalassa.” We welcomed back Daren Greenhow from Wales and his metal owls and eagles proved very popular. Joe Szaboand Mark Read also had multiple sales for “Rising” and the stainless steel trees, as did Juliet Scott with her touching “Magic Moment II. Christine Charlesworth sold three separate pieces including her delightful “Conversation.”
Indoors everyone commented on the quality of the paintings and the way Evelyn had arranged them to such good effect. 144 separate works were sold so overall there were sales in excess of 200 and this is approximately 33% of all the exhibits.
Jamel Akib and his students from Cross Barn all enjoyed sales and for many this was their first time showing with us. Wendy Richards changed from impressionistic scenes of London to boats and beaches and all her works were snapped up. Tuema Pattie’s abstract landscapes were also in demand and newcomer Christine Taherian’s impressive mixed media work of Venice was bought. Cheryl Jarvis only submitted one painting but sold three! Her painting of “New York in the Rain” was so sought after we asked her to being similar work in. Moira Purver’s sublime smaller sculptures went well and Alan Wallis amusing “Hogwash” and “Mr Fox” could not be resisted.
We had much more glass this year and this proved popular with visitors and Tom Goffi’s appealing sheep and cows, appearing for the first time, sold well.
This can only be a snapshot of the works that were bought and there were many happy artists and buyers as we closed the show up.
Evelyn & I would like to thank all the artists for their help and support and especially those that came to our aid and painted plinths, helped with wrapping and of course acted as stewards.