Wednesday, 4 May 2011
It's a hard act to follow
The Percy Kelly Little Gems lived up to the name and sold out. There was a stampede on day one and likewise on the last day (Monday May Bank Holiday).
The gallery has hardly been empty of visitors for 5 weeks and we could have sold many several times. I am so pleased that the catalogue gives a lasting record of the whole show because it is now disappearing in all directions and will never be seen together all in one place again. (we still have some catalogues left - 52 colour pages £10 inc postage as a lasting aide memoire)
And now we are hanging the Patricia Sadler exhibition which opens on Friday. If anyone can withstand following Percy (and is brave enough) then it is Patricia. Her landscapes and flower studies in acrylic on canvas as well as her pure watercolours are confident and accomplished. They are a joy to see.
She lives in the Scottish Borders between the Cheviot and the sea and draws on both for subject matter. She was among the first people I pursued in 1986 when getting an exhibition together to open the gallery in 1987. She was doing pale delicate watercolours which I loved.
Over the years we have moved on and grown up together. Her work has become stronger and more complex. Her development of acrylics on canvas using the fluidity of the medium is an interesting move.
Have a look at her exhibition in full on the web page www.castlegatehouse.co.uk/patricia-sadler-exhibition.html
Patricia will be in the gallery next Saturday 7th to talk about her work.
The weather is looking good. The garden is open with a mist of wisteria and blossom showing off the sculpture.
Come and see us.