Funny, you wait all year for an exhibition and then three come along at once. On Saturday I took down the exhibition at Ilminster and in only a week or so I will be re-hanging everything back in Moorlinch ready for Somerset Arts Weeks… and then yesterday The Tolhouse Gallery, Clevedon Pier, contacted me: they’ve had a cancellation, would I be interested in wall space in their gallery for three weeks starting in the middle of next week. Well of course that would clash completely with Somerset Arts Weeks… so I said I’d be delighted and I would take the whole gallery!
I’d been enquiring about the availability of this place for next year, since I first saw it last month for the Deckchair Competition. Too good an opportunity to miss, with it being available immediately, and one thing I was reminded of while hanging the Ilminster exhibition is that I have A LOT of pictures.
Not only that, but I have a fair few mermaid paintings, so I am making these the central theme of this exhibition. it is, after all, as close to the sea as I am going to get, bar exhibiting on an actual boat. Along with six or seven framed etchings from the 2014 calendar I think I will be half way there. Ideally I would have had the full set of the calendar etchings, but it is hardly possible to get more framed in time, and another thing I learnt from Ilminster is that it is not necessary to display a series of artworks together: it might even be counter-productive if it gives people the impression that they should have all, or none, of a series.
There is barely time to send out a press release, especially since I am waiting till Monday for confirmation of the exact start and end dates [now confirmed: it is on until 30th September – see full details on my exhibitions page]. So this morning I have whipped up a quick poster. Please do feel free to pass the poster or this blog post around – at this short notice I shall need all the publicity I can get 🙂
‘Strange Fish’ seemed like a good title, because of course when I say I have mermaid paintings they are not all ‘normal’ mermaids. Some of them for instance are Maidmers: half woman, half fish, just like mermaids, but, well, the other halves… which leads to some interesting trains of thought. I really wanted an example of these particular strange fish on the poster, but I had to be a little clever with the text as I am trying to get the poster in as many places as I can find without, as they say, frightening the (sea)horses. I hope I have succeeded….
And the rest of the Strange Fish: