We are busy, busy, busy finalising the 2015 programme right now and that has meant another studio trip this week – boy I do love my job! 9 years ago I took a leap of faith and needed to find some courage to begin this new journey but I have never looked back. (You can read more about this here if you so wish).
The studio visit this week was another local one, Angela Smyth’s, and a studio I do visit quite frequently as somehow it always cuddles me and keeps me safe if that makes sense?
When Angela and I meet there is always coffee, always cake, always laughter and sometimes tears! There is always creative chat too and this week was no exception as we planned her October exhibition with us. We are all ever so excited about this one as Angela is working with an artist she has admired and respected for a long time (as we have here at Heart Gallery), multi-media artist Kirsty Elson.
Kirsty is a big fan of Angela’s work too so this will be a great collaboration and we can’t wait to give you more snippets of what’s in store for October … it is going to be an exciting show. In the meantime, more on my visit to Angela’s studio:
Angela always takes Ruby to the studio who loves all the space she has there but when I arrive she wants to head out to the vast corridor in the mill to play ball games with me, which I really don’t mind doing at all…who could deny this beauty a runaround?
No studio should be without fairy lights should it and Angela’s is no exception to that unwritten rule. These have been gaily strung against one of the white painted brick walls offering a warm and inviting glow.
Angela’s studio is always busy and I love the way that her walk to work, who she meets, her trip to Cafe No 5 can all influence how she starts the day and what she paints.
Angela paints without constraints and is lead by her feelings, her paper, the light in her studio, the colours of her paints, everything really and that takes away any pressures for her so that the paint can flow freely. I believe that Kirsty also works this way; allowing the driftwood she collects to inform the finished piece. Our exhibition with Angela and Kirsty is certainly one for your diary folks so watch this space for more news! In the meantime, please do watch this short video of Kirsty to whet your appetite.
Angela has been offered a month’s residency in Italy this summer which will be an amazing opportunity for her and also for her son who is heading out there with her (I did offer to carry her brushes). We wish her a safe and wonderful journey which I’m sure you will do too and look forward to seeing the pictures.