Did the sun shine? Did the rain spoil? Did the crowds come? Did we show fabulous artists in a stunning private garden? Was there great bonhomie, good conversation and a judicious sprinkle of Prosecco all round? Absolutely!
If you came – and if you wish that you had – have a trip through our photographs here and see the wonderful support that our artists enjoyed. We enjoyed working with them, they enjoyed meeting each other, our guests enjoyed their work and what could be better? Well, only that we raised a magnificent total of £2,000 – for the East Anglia Children’s Hospice, whose volunteers could not have been more helpful to us, thank you to all of them.
Thank you to the amazing models who stalked the garden like birds of paradise in Brenda Mayo’s original creations,
akin to sculpture in so many ways…
Thank you to Andrew Jones and Ed Willis whose mobiles and kinetic works were entrancing, thank you to Carol Sinclair and Cary Norman – magic out of reclaimed copper and wood, thank you to Mark Evans and Martin Thompson for beauty found in stone. Thank you to Eric Marland also for exquisite lettering on slate and to Joe Smith for creations in slate, to lovely Dragan and to Matthew for wonderful furniture. Melissa Pierce Murray brought us art from the Masters programme at Norwich and kept us at the cutting edge while the complexities of cut and angle in wood were mastered by the incomparable Richard Bray.
Inside the house I had the pleasure of introducing four amazing potters – and found a reflection of each personality in their works; the chirpy Sara Paynter, the sophisticated Katharina Klug,the generous Daphne Carney and the wise Sarah Perry. Their cool and cunning creations surprised and enchanted.
Thank you so much; while this year Oriel Fine Art brought paintings and drawings by many late and great artists who knew Suffolk and North Essex well – John Nash,Rowland Suddaby, Lucy Harwood and Joan Warburton from the Benton End School, Tessa Newcomb, and some Welsh painters too – John Elwyn, Ewart Johns and Ray Howard Jones made an appearance. Hooray for them!
And on the roof – was an ‘intervention’ by the maverick architect and designer, Hugh Pilkington: so if you came, you know – and if you didn’t – well, what a pity you missed it!
So there we are, thank you to each and every – especially Olivia and Charlotte, Anita and Vicky for stalwart behind the scenes help. We hope you enjoyed as much as we did – thank you for your support too.
And don’t forget to look out for some of these artists at their Open Studios in July.
Oriel Fine Art can be viewed on the website www.orielfineart.co.uk and watch out for other exhibition information for shows in Suffolk and London later in 2015.