Tuesday, 13 August 2013
Annual Exhibition in the Chapter House at Wells Cathedral, Somerset, England
Now that it is all over, it is hard to imagine that the whole 10 days were such an enormous success. We were very lucky with the weather, as the sun pouring through the windows makes such a difference.
The exhibition took place in Well Cathedral Chapter House and a more beautiful venue you could not imagine.
The 'hanging' is easy....all the paintings sit on the two levels of ancient stone seating around the house, and the effect is truly magical. The only problem is getting the paintings up to the Chapter House as it is the only English Cathedral to have its Chapter House on the first floor. It is accessed up a set of steep, very worn stone steps. I had 90 paintings and Jan had about 45 as well as all the other bits and pieces we needed for the week. Thank goodness for a couple of very healthy family 'sherpers'.
The calm before the public arrive. Time to get the paper work correct, grab a quick cup of coffee and check all is well with the paintings.
The fact that the windows are so high is lovely when the sun shines, but it can be very dark when it is poor weather. We were lucky to have lots of sunny days.
I make and sell boxes of greetings cards and this year I added laminated table mats which sold out, so I will perhaps do more for next year if we are invited back again.
Lots of visitors. The footfall through the Cathedral is pretty amazing and as the Chapter House is one of the jewels in the crown, almost everyone struggles up the steps to see it. We had lots of visitors, people said lovely things about the work and through lots of sales we were able to pass on a pleasing sum in commission to the Cathedral funds.
We have already requested a spot in their calendar for next year!
All the remaining paintings are now packed away, and its time to start painting again.....if I haven't forgotten how!