The Spring Show
Keeping the FLAG flying!
Having accepted that Lindsell Art Gallery is now a not-for-profit organisation we have set up FLAG, a support group of people dedicated to helping us survive. Members are our ambassadors, distributing our leaflets to a wider public, making people more aware of our website (full of current information but not viewed enough) and generally raising the gallery's profile.
For more information and to to join FLAG please email Hayley at HayleyKirkaldie@aol.com
, as an active member you will get a 10% discount on all gallery sales (and 20% on picture framing).
It starts on Saturday 23rd March and we hope it will be a success, quite a few artists, lots of new work – and all up to our usual high standard.
Let's hope the weather is kind too – half an inch of snow and everyone thinks we have been abolished although our roads are gritted, our paths are swept and we are always open for business!
Although we've lost a few artists, we have gained others which means we are able to maintain our high standard of paintings, prints, jewellery, craftwork and photography. The best around we were told recently.
Our occasional email newsletters will keep you up to date, and from our point of view it's easier, quicker and cheaper then sending stuff by post. If you would like to receive our newsletters, just email and tell us.
The price of petrol and diesel may well be putting some visitors off, but, surprisingly, it is still little dearer in real terms than when I started driving in 1955, and your car doesn't need a service every 1,000 miles either!
The fact that it kept very busy for the past couple of years must be down to Hayley, our framer, who always does a very good and very reliable job (if she says it will be ready, it will be ready!) and has built up her own clientèle of people who deal directly with her on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays when she is in the workshop/gallery. Thank you, Hayley, for helping to keep us afloat in these troubled times.
We have again extended our popular '10% off framing' offer and will keep it for the forseeable future.
Attendance is up and down but averaging round about 10, so it is covering its costs – we can pay the model, heat the place and have some refreshment too!
Drop-in life drawing sessions such as ours are a rare and valuable resource and it be a pity if they ceased for lack of interest.
So if you want to learn to draw, or just to practice, why not 'drop -in' at 7.30 on Thursday evenings. At £8 per session, or a discounted rate of £30 for 6 (that's a 37.5% reduction, and it's even cheaper if you are a student) they represent jolly good value.
Coffee for charity
We are just changing our full collecting tins for empty ones but falling visitor numbers mean they are not filling so quickly. The amounts raised are on our Home Page.
And our old adage "No coffee, no buy, goodbye" still holds good. (You can work it out for yourselves.)
Unfortunately some people (even artists hoping we will show their work) seem to think an art gallery runs itself. They will spend ages looking round and chatting and then leave without so much as buying a greetings card. They they don't seem to realise that without sales we can't pay the overheads and if we can't pay the overheads we won't be here the next time they come. Sorry for the lecture but that's basic gallery economics!
John Garrett 9th March 2013