|Putting up - Donna's partner, John, lends a hand|
|Karen and Margaret get their displays ready|
I’d made a colourful “newbies info” display plus leaflets to encourage people to join, and although not in the position shown on the room plan, it looked good over the other side of the room. We couldn’t afford the £50 to hire the cricket club’s large TV screen at the far end of the room, but my laptop and 12” screen had a continuous slide show of members’ work for people to look at while they had their cup of tea, coffee or (new this year) hot chocolate, and enjoyed a choice of cakes including (from me) low fat muffins decorated with a swirl of low fat icing, and finished with a small sugar orange segment. Yes, there was even a new tablecloth for the tombola items. We looked set to do well this year.
|Some of Margaret's swans and other artwork|
I wasn’t there on the Sunday, but returned at the end to help with clearing up, and Gill told me that the second day had been better attended, thank goodness. I collected a couple of “squid” from sales of my greetings cards (no paintings sold this year, I'm afraid - thank goodness I took some cards, so I didn't go away completely empty handed), and it was all hands on deck with cleaning and tidying up before we locked up and left for the day.
By the Monday, Kevin e-mailed us all with the results of “best in show” – I had the dubious distinction of having polled 6 votes for two of my artworks, as good as John (one of the other non (paintings)-sellers and better than Elizabeth (another non-seller). I must be doing something right after all … Karen had won best painting and best artist in show with “Who Me?”, a portrait of an ape, so congratulations to her. I'll include a picture of this next week, as long she agrees with me to showing it on my blog.
|One of Maggie's decoupage cards - notice the hexagonal shaped cutouts|
|A selection of members' greetings cards|
Of course the most important thing learnt this year was that the weather has to be right. No amount of publicity is going to help if it is too hot or cold outside. Rain can also put people off, but mostly if it’s an outdoor event (last year’s Patchings springs to mind).
|Taking down - Gill gets to work|
For those of you who couldn’t get to the exhibition, I managed to organise a short film of it, which I will be putting onto my “Artists of Derbyshire” Face Book page and my own profile next week, once I’ve edited it. I'm not sure if I am allowed to put videos on my blog as it is published on Kindle, but I'll check the Kindle rules when I publish my other one on there in the next week or so.
Onwards and upwards, then.