WATER & LIGHT Preview evening

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!

Front websiteOur 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!

Essential tools for the job!

Essential tools for the job!

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.

IMG_9038We 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.

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IMG_9034I always draft my supportive hubby in for exhibition hangs (and other D.I.Y jobs I can’t quite manage on my own!) and this helps things run a little more smoothly (most of the time!).

IMG_9050The three of us worked well and got all 13 original paintings and 2 Printers Trays up in good time to be able to head home for a well deserved G&T!

Kate and myself quite tearful once we'd hung everything

Kate and myself quite tearful once we’d hung everything

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!

Our easel with the Preview poster letting visitors know the launch was at 6pm

Our easel with the Preview poster letting visitors know the launch was at 6pm

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 suddenly noticed the queue forming very early on in the evening!

Kate and I suddenly noticed the queue forming very early on in the evening!

Queue forming before we opened the gates at 6pm!

Queue forming before we opened the gates at 6pm!

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!

A busy Picture Gallery in Heart Gallery

A busy Picture Gallery in Heart Gallery

A busy Picture Gallery in Heart Gallery

A busy Picture Gallery in Heart Gallery

The main gallery was busy with people buying Kate's prints

The main gallery was busy with people buying Kate’s prints and soaking up the rest of our displays

The main gallery was busy with people buying Kate's prints and soaking up the rest of our displays

The main gallery was busy with people buying Kate’s prints and soaking up the rest of our displays

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.

When things settle Kate was able to talk to some of our regulars in more detail

When things settled Kate was able to talk to some of our regulars in more detail

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):

Kate and myself relaxing a little as the evening calmed from about 8pm - my favourite photo of the night

Kate and myself relaxing a little as the evening calmed from about 8pm – my favourite photo of the night

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.

The fizz and marinated olives were welcomed by those queuing to pay - we kept them fed and watered!

The fizz and marinated olives were welcomed by those queuing to pay – we kept them fed and watered!

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.

Kate enjoying herself with customers

Kate enjoying herself with customers

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.

Woodhouse Mill

Woodhouse Mill

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