I promised you exciting news about an event we’ve got planned for Whitsun Bank Holiday week and I’m delighted to announce news of it here. How it came about, though, is a lovely story, so bear with me, if you will…
Last summer, Andrew Tozer and I were walking the footpath around St Anthony – one of Andrew’s favourite locations – and whilst on that trip, we walked past the old Paraffin Store – a stunning little Victorian building on the coastpath which did as its name suggests for the lighthouse back in the day. Since visiting here over the last thirty years, I’ve always wondered what this lovely little building could be used for, and that’s when it occurred to me: how about an exhibition of Andrew Tozer’s St Anthony paintings there, surrounded by the landscape that had inspired them?
I approached the National Trust with the idea and was delighted to find they were just as excited about it… not only that, but they asked if Andrew would consider being Artist-in-residence there. A wonderful win-win scenario for everyone. And to top it all, around April/May next year is it the 40th anniversary of the South West Coastpath, of which this exhibition will now be a part. But there’s more…
Andrew is a big fan of the Victorian painter, Charles Napier Hemy, who is famed for his Cornish seascapes, often of St Anthony. It turns out that Andrew was sauntering though some antique shops recently and came across Hemy’s paintbox, which he duly bought. So after well over 100 years, Andrew will bring this paintbox home as part of his residency there and use it for the collection you are invited to. Such a delightful story!
So, if you can make it here on the Whitsun bank holiday week, we will be holding a ticket only exhibition opening evening . Of course I will send you a personal invitation to this nearer the time, but the exhibition will run throughout the following week, anyway, if you can’t make that particular evening.
Well, I’ve got so excited by all that, I’ve not left much space to let you know about that other things that are new. Some delightful new Lynn Goldens just in and, after selling out of Ilric Shetland’s incredible (and popular!) seascapes, we’ve got two new ones in for you… but don’t delay, they move fast!
We’ve also had in some new Robin Mason works and some smaller versions of Terence & Katrina Wagstaff’s beautiful Torso sculptures made from copper lattice – exclusive to The Harbour Gallery – so if you fancy a winter pick-me-up, how about some of those lovely works of art to brighten up your walls on these dreary winter days?
Looking forward to seeing you and in the mean time, I hope you enjoy this month’s Podcast with the impossibly handsome and talented Ben Taffinder who has just let us have a list of brilliant still life online-only exclusives, so have a peek at those little puppies!
As things have quietened down somewhat, my wife, Susanne, and I managed to skip off for a few days R&R this month. Despite being the morning after the ‘big wash’ we did manage to get over Tregony bridge (which was completely impassable only hours before due to flooding) and made it up to Pembrokeshire safely… read more