Friday, 24 December 2010

Merry Christmas

Have a fantastic Christmas and fun filled New Year.  Photos of  the gala day (which was closed early to enormous amount of snow) and our Christmas meal out will follow after the big day tomorrow.

It has been an eventful and exciting year and we know that 2011 will prove even more so.  Thank you for following this blog thus far and keep reading...

Stay safe and warm.

B Gallery xxx

Friday, 17 December 2010

One Year Tomorrow

So it is official, the gallery has been open for one year.  What a year it has been.  The Introduction to Art lectures are a huge success and if you haven't already read it, there is a review here. Exciting artists are showcasing a variety of techniques and talent.  Our place in the community is also developing and hopefully the intimidation that can often be associated with a gallery is diminishing.

Amidst the frantic planning and organisation for tomorrow's gala day, I took the opportunity of asking b Gallery founder's Julie and Mel what they are most proud of in the past year; what do they feel is their biggest achievement.

I think our biggest achievement for me is the quality and diversity of the artwork displayed.  Not only do we have fabulous fine artwork displayed by well known artists including Rolf Harris with limited addition copies, but we have a phenomenal array of local talent exhibiting.  The variety from glass work to tapestry, jewellery to portraits for me is breathtaking and something i am immensely proud of. - Julie
I am overwhelmed to be surrounded by such a passionate and talented team at the gallery. When we first started a year ago it was just myself and Julie, but along the way people have recognised our potential and have dedicated their time and energy.  The photography studio is up and running and already a hit with a hugely talented and creative, imaginative photographer. Naomi's Introduction to Art lectures were an instant hit and working alongside Linda they have bought together another dimension to the gallery, including the regular and popular workshops.  The passion of the team has made the adventure possible and it is ever growing with the art directory the next step, our talent spotter Aimi is already looking out for artists to exhibit. - Mel
So tomorrow is Gala day, with local artists demonstrating their styles and techniques, Naomi giving taster sessions of her lectures and the all important visit from Santa. 

If you have been to the gallery, please share your favourite bits here and lets look forward to another fun-filled adventurous year.

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Weekday, weekend and Children/student's workshops

The latest list of workshops has now been printed and it includes the brand new Busy Bees and Art Explorers.  Busy Bees is a children's art club (age 5-9) and is run on the last Saturday of each month.  The first session is on the 29th January 2011 from 10am - 12 midday.  The first one is called a Saturday Art trolley and is creative fun under the guiding hand of a professional artist.

The following one is exciting for any of you mums with a daughter. It is called Dads and Daughters, the clue is in the name. Dads get to indulge their hidden pink and sparkly calling whilst spending quality time with their daughters. However, the following month they can become all macho again with their sons when there is a session called "boys". Paint stick and invent, a time to get messy and invent the impossible,

The details will be on the event page of this blog but as always can be found on our facebook page.  If you haven't become a fan yet, please do as it is the easiest way to be updated on up and coming events at the gallery.

Lastly on a wintry note, as I was walking or should I say sliding through the village this week, I pounced upon a photo opportunity.  This is the back of the gallery which leads onto the Church graveyard.  How pretty.

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Christmas is here

Snow in Toddington really does transform the village into a beautiful Christmas Card Picture. What better way to add to this then by responding to the above invitation and decorating the gallery windows.  Situated by the church just off the village green, the gallery will be central to all the festivities on Monday evening. It is lovely to be given the opportunity or rather excuse to get creative with our windows.  Naomi is already on the job and walking back from the post office this morning I got a sneaky peek.

AS you can see the snow decorating as begun. Keep checking back to see the final display. If you are at the gallery or on the green on Monday, please comment and let us know what you think of our pretty windows. We always want feedback