I’m sure that I am not the only artist who is delighted to see the galleries open again. Last Sunday was the first time I had been back behind the sales desk at Chalk Gallery in Lewes since December! What better way to spend the day than being in a beautiful space, surrounded by beautiful works of art.
I am currently exhibiting the “Winter Hedgerow” series there. Chalk Gallery has a designated hanging team who exhibit our work for us, and it is always a treat to see how they group and display the artists’ work. My prints are being kept good company by fellow printmaker Sue Collins on one side and painter Andrew Milne on the other. All three of us draw inspiration from the local countryside of the South Downs and in the current exhibition there are echoes of similar wintery colours and sinewy tree shapes found in our work. It forms a very cohesive and reflective exhibition.
We also has a good selection of works in the browser for customers who prefer to select their own frames. It is good to see my prints once more at home here. Although unframed, they are still presented in a window mount made from archival, acid-free card. The mounts are made-to-measure for each piece. Once upon a time I cut my own mounts, but have since learnt not to compete with the precision of a machine cutter! I particularly like a soft white mount card called “minuet” and use this for the majority of my work, with archival backing card behind. Once mounted the prints are sealed in cellophane bags or wrapping to keep them in pristine condition until they are sold.
So the artwork is ready, the gallery is looking great, and I do hope that if you are local and reading this, you can come and visit us soon!