Big big thanks to all who came down to the opening (First) Thursday night of our latest show ART IS FOR LIFE, NOT JUST FOR CHRISTMAS, certainly was a busy evening, I guess the cold driving wind and rain forced people in to the Vyner Street galleries rather than the usual street gatherings we enjoy when the weather is in a better mood, we seemed to be packed out all evening, the official closing time of 9pm went right out the window once more and the doors finally closed at something past eleven in the evening. So yes, big big thanks to all who braved the weather, all who came down to see what we had, and indeed have, on our walls and plinths right now. And thanks to all who came down over the first weekend of the three week show as well, I always think that the Saturday after First Thursday is the best day of all down Vyner Street, all the new shows including those just in the various spaces for a short run, often the case, in some of the galleries that are run on a hire basis, one week shows are often all that artists can afford, come down the weekend after First Thursday and you catch them all and without all the pushing and shoving and people in the way of the art.
So the Art Is For Life, Not Just For Christmas show opened in style, lots of people, lots of art (that took a lot of hanging!), and yes, someone did sneak in some mince pies (thank you). Packed walls, a diverse collection of eye food, a busy busy salon style hang is what we wanted and what I think we achieved, something like thirty-five artists and over a hundred pieces of very affordable work flooding the gallery. This is partly about fund raising and keeping the gallery doors open, so thanks to all who have taken part, both the artists and those who have been along to have a look so far.
We have new work going up on the walls for the second week, we will be open again this Thursday and all through the weekend (as we are every week). Open along with a number of the other galleries and spaces that you find down in the middle of Vyner Street where it interacts with Mowlem Street, the middle of the street where you find the Victory pub, where you find Wayward Gallery where they have that tasty Baby Lemonade show on right now, where you find House of Vostrovska and their current Age of Ego show. Hado Contemporary with their latest show of rather bold paintings from Korean artists Lee Jinhan. The middle of the street is where it is happening these days….
The ART IS FOR LIFE show this year is open now, it goes on until December 23rd, we’ll be holding events and adding art right up until the last weekend of the show, we have affordable art on sale, prices start at £5 and nothing is on sale for anything more than £500, but do remember art is for life, not just for Christmas, a painting is a commitment, it needs proper light and regular dusting, it need lifetime of considered attention…