Running A gallery is not just about hanging works on walls or exhibiting 3D pieces, it’s also about involvement. Involvement with the artists, the public, the supporters, the buyers and the venues which facilitate so many exciting events.
It’s about immersing yourself in all things art and being open to suggestions, offers, requests. It’s about engaging with and supporting societies and groups from both local areas and further afield. And it’s about building up trust and relationships with individuals, groups, suppliers, colleagues. This is what makes it so very exciting!
In 2018 Grahame and I were so honoured to be asked to open the Society of Graphic Fine Art (SGFA) 99th Private View at the Menier Gallery in London. So I was again thrilled to be asked at the beginning of 2020 to open the Weald of Kent Art Society (WOKAS) Art Unlocked Exhibition PV by current president Graham Lock in Tenterden in August.
Of course, during this time of Covid most, if not all, art shows and exhibitions have been cancelled and many have gone online. This exhibition was put online and I was delighted to be asked to choose virtually three highly commended and two commended pieces.
It really wasn’t easy, however I managed it and the results can be seen below.
The Weald of Kent Art Society embraces and encourages art in all its forms and currently has a steady 100 artists. A fun, vibrant, proactive and friendly group of enthusiasts of all ages and artistic levels they – under normal circumstances – hold late autumn, winter and early spring fortnightly meetings including demonstrations by visiting artists; workshops, talks and outdoor painting days are also organised. It holds two exhibitions a year of members’ work.
Support for all our artists and creatives is more important now than ever before so Grierson Galleries is delighted to be able to become involved and do whatever it takes.