There are so many people to thank for this Exhibition, starting with Paul Austin
who worked on the planning, received entries and produced the catalogue, which was
then printed by our Webmaster John Pizzey along with Paul’s poster design and I then
had copies made here for display as effectively as possible. It is sad that Paul
had to have surgery just before we started so never saw what the final result was.
Almost all the pictures just fitted into my garage room, and were sorted so that
each group’s work was kept together and checked against the catalogue.
Then came setting-up day, and Malcolm Allen and a cathedral friend, Tony Heaton,
had their two cars outside my door well before 9am. Paintings, easels etc were then
delivered into the hands of a small but hard working team of setters-up: Peggy McDonald
and Maureen Simon, who work with Wells SODA, and fellow artists Barbara Duncan and
Carol Russell, with Sue Allen joining us later. By the end of the day satisfaction
and exhaustion mixed!
It was great to have Tim, our Chairman, stewarding the following morning and it was
great to have help from some cathedral friends including Brian Roberts-Wray who found
himself acting as a cathedral guide as well as directing people to the toilets! My
most penetrating question, demanding a thorough answer, was “what difference did
the Reformation make to the cathedral?” I’ve never had to answer a theological question
before at a SODA exhibition!
Three groups did not send enough pictures to fill their allotted space, and none
of you sent enough pictures (as invited) to fill extra space, so Wells Group volunteered
to fill the gaps, especially in the ‘browser’ which is a magnet for visitors looking
for something affordable.
Top price paid was £70, followed by Brenda Paddy’s lovely Iris drawing at £60. Those
of you who I think undervalued yourselves by asking £10 only possibly took trade
from members asking a well-deserved little bit more. Most sales were for pictures
priced between £10 and £30; while many bigger paintings (and we could have done with
more of them to ‘balance’) were much admired, people are still being very cautious
with their money and tourists prefer something light and unframed for their luggage.
24 pictures were sold in all, 7 of them framed.
Wells 2014: Extracts from the Visitors Book
Among many appreciative entries, I quote:-
12/8 What talent! Amazing art, showing such warmth, detail and understanding of Creation.
14/8 A striking amount of talent, the portraits almost move, they are so lifelike.
But this is also true of the flowers, birds and still lifes. Thank you.
14/8 A really impressive collection of beautiful artwork. Thank you for sharing!
15/8 I am very impressed with this collection
23/8 Don from St John’s College, Oxford wrote: Wonderful craftsmanship. Well done,
23/8 Varied and well displayed. Congratulations all round.