Thursday, 21 April 2011

Spring with Percy

It's definitely spring now in the Lakes. There are advantages in having a late Easter. The daffodils are over but there are plenty of lambs roaring around in the fields. The ospreys are back and it's warm. Come up and see us if you can.

The Kelly exhibition is proving very popular and there are still a few left. (not many though) look for the ones without red dots on our web site. We have just got a new one of Newlands Valley for sale from a family member. It's astonishing how these Kellys just keep turning up. Working on his biography has given me a deeper insight into his life - if he had a day without painting or drawing he was unhappy and depressed.

We are open throughout Easter; - Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Monday and also The Wedding Day and Bank Holiday Monday. No street parties for us!

We have a new collection of pots from William Plumptre and the garden will be open if fine where we have some new sculpture by Daniel Clehane in Portland stone and a new bronze - New Dawn - which greets the sunrise every morning in memory of Penelope Van De Havre, a client and friend who died last November and gave it to us for the garden...

Let's hope the sun keeps on shining.

Monday, 4 April 2011

April Fools' Day

A small group gathered at 0630 Friday morning outside the gallery. Driving rain was hissing down. The Percy Kelly 50 Little Gems exhibition opened at 1030 and everything exploded. Telephone and mobiles were ringing, e mails flying into the computer and the gallery was milling with wet intrepid people. In the first 10 minutes we had sold 21 paintings. - and so it continued relentlessly. It was an exciting day.

I had an intimation at the packed viewing the evening before that it was going to be a success. There was an enthusiastic buzz of anticipation. After everyone had gone, a group of us relaxed over a glass or three and thought up a few April Fools pranks like going round and moving the paintings or numbers about. Even worse we considered putting red spots on every one or announcing that a London dealer had bought them all. But that would have been too cruel. Sanity prevailed.

After all the mad stampede had ended, a friend strolled calmly in and made her purchase. She liked them all and found it impossible after the viewing to decide which one to buy - so she let the field narrow which then made it easier to choose.

There are a few left, have a look at the web site to see which remain un-spotted. I also kept back the 4 illustrated here which are now available to the disappointed. Ring or e mail us for details.

The whole exhibition is here intact until May 2nd so come in and enjoy. We are open every Friday, Saturday and Monday 10.30 - 5.00 including Easter Bank Holidays and weddings. Come and experience some of the Percy magic.