Before I get any further behind with my journal I thought I had better do at least one quick post so that I can start catching up with events.
It feels strange having to record older events when everything since then is so fresh in the mind.
Whatever, here we go.
I deliberately have not recorded anything for a while and part of the reason for this was reflected in the last post, where for the first time I omitted to mention the name of any of the artists whose work was shown.
The reason for this is that I run a gallery, a business, and so far the reason for its success has been because of the variety, and quality of the work the work shown, from various artist/makers from around the world.
All of the time I am searching for different artists whose work I can fall in love with, as a result I am frequently amazed at the quality of the work we are so fortunate to receive.
If I find four or five new artists a year then I consider that a really good result, as I am only searching for the best and of course the best need to be convinced that we are good enough to show their work.
What I had never considered or worried about was that my BLOG and the web site are used as a shopping list for lazy [and I will add money grabbing] gallery owners.
Recently we have had artists that we exhibit approached by another gallery just a few miles away and this has made me aware of the foolishness of showing the art and naming the artists that we are fortunate to have.
So the last time I showed the different pieces of art that we have here I excluded the names of the creators.
For that I apologise to them and anyone who has a serious interest in seeing their creations, but it is something I may continue to do.
However, as with everything in life there are exceptions.
Most galleries take the easy/lazy option so I don't think they will be interested in this artist.
He is a man I met a recent art event, but I will hold the name because I am sure that "Lazy Gallery"
doesn't have it on their radar.
At this event I discovered an incredible 'Calligraphy' artist.
A Calligraphy artist and much more, I can only describe his work as paper sculpture and it is so different to anything I had seen before.
Alongside many other pieces that he had on display there was one piece I coveted.
The one above of course.
Apart from being so clever and beautiful it also carried a poem I remember from childhood.
I just "had" to have it.
I decided after a long deliberation that I would approach him and try and put a reason to him that he
should allow me to leave with this piece of unusual work.
Every time I found courage to approach him I found a queue of people waiting for autograph's so I would walk away with the decision to try later.
As the day turned to evening I eventually joined the line of people waiting to talk with him.
At last my time came.
"What can I do for you young man"?
I won't tell you my exact words but they amounted to,
"can I show that piece in my gallery"?
He looked into my eyes for a few seconds then replied,
"of course you can it will be a pleasure".
We spoke much, much more and I left with for home with the paper sculpture for the gallery plus a glow deep inside for the pleasure of having met such a nice artist and gentleman.
It now hangs in the gallery and is attracting much interest/comments and it is giving pleasure to lots of visitors.
But, unfortunately for "Lazy Gallery" they will have to journey to Australia for this artist.
Dave Woods, a lovely man and a genuine artist.
Sometimes I really do pinch myself to think how fortunate I am.