Phew! It’s taken me a few days to recover from the launch of our Kate Lycett Exhibition WATER & LIGHT Thursday 26th March so please excuse this late post … if you were there then you will totally understand!
Our invites for WATER & LIGHT went out pretty early as we knew that many of you were eagerly waiting for them to drop through your letterbox! Because of this it did feel like we were preparing for this exhibition for a long time so when the week came to hang it we were ever so excited that it had finally arrived!
Seeing Kate’s paintings arrive all bubbled and hidden always gives me butterflies in my stomach. Even though I’d had a sneaky peek when they came back from the framers, unwrapping them was magical.
We have to prepare The Picture Gallery first so the walls are cleared of current art works, holes are filled the painting is done and dry (usually!) and it all feels hollow and empty for a short while.
Thursday 26th March was the big day and The Picture Gallery was closed to visitors all day … even though some did try to sneak some peeks through the outside window!
At 5pm when we closed to get the drinks and nibbles ready (and apply a bit more lippy to match our new frocks!) a queue started to form outside our gates!
Kate and I knew that it would be an interesting evening and we were really looking forward to it but we weren’t prepared for how busy it would be really. A HUGE thank you to all those that came, queued and bought….some traveling from Kent, Sussex and Brighton – we even took calls from America!
All of the originals Kate painted for WATER & LIGHT sold on the night along with one of Kate’s smaller Circus themed paintings (one of 3) that were used to design and make 3 more lanterns to add to Kate’s collection.
Our ‘unofficial’ photographer for the evening was Kate’s supportive husband Daniel and this image is my favourite one of his; he has captured Kate and I really well (I will treasure this one):
WATER & LIGHT runs until 21st June and the framed originals will be with us until the end of April when one by one they will be collected and delivered to their new homes. If you are a fan of Kate’s work then do try to call and see these originals, they are absolutely stunning.
There are of course signed limited edition prints available of all Kate’s paintings which are hand finished with stitched gold thread and carefully positioned gilding.
If you wish to meet Kate and see her paint then we have a pop up studio with us on Thursday 30th April from 11am. Come along for a chat with Kate and learn more about her and her paintings.