Thursday, 29 July 2010

a little aside

While this Magpie was supposed to be reminiscing on the good old days, a conversation today brought up feelings that made me feel so worked up I ... erm, wrote a poem ... about the matter.

That'll show 'im.

The illustration is very much a work-in-progress, but where better to put your first ever poem than online!

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

A fond farewell to the day job...

After two years of working for the Firestation Arts Centre in Windsor, I fancy a little reminiscence into some of the lovely work I had the pleasure to put up there ...

Firstly, there is the lovely Richard Heeps, who I met in 2008 at the Windsor (un)Contemporary Art Fair - luckily I caught him then - as he sensibly decided not to return to the overpriced, fusty old affair.  His solo show with the arts centre was followed by a group show this year by Bleach Box, the gallery run by himself and his wife Natasha, that specialises in contemporary photography created with traditional methods.  What a hassle-free pair to work with, Richard providing the art and Natasha bringing the muscle ;) ...  no dawdling with this lady!

We showed work from his colour-saturated Man's Ruin and Dream in Colour series, featuring eye-catching Rockabillies and vintage cars, portraits of mid-century-style lovers in Norfolk and Sweden and the glamorous Las Vegas.   

I was moved to buy a couple from the solo show, one for me and one for someone I've fallen for ... lucky me, now I get to look at them both.

The other Bleach Box loves for me were Charlie Meecham's trees - I'm a sucker for them, like many people - but I particularly liked the brown autumnal one that most others didn't like quite as much. That'll be the dark Finn in my soul...  Maybe Charlie's relationship with West Yorkshire bears a similar fascination and love of nature.

Wood 2.01s
More later about other exhibition loves ...

Monday, 12 July 2010

Oh Jenny, with all these articles you are spoling us!

Our favourite birdy artist Jenny Robins has written two articles about us!  One in the new local online magazine Beat, and one in the frankly wonderful Amelia's Magazine.  We love you Jenny ... 

... On which note it might be highly appropriate to mention you can buy her new set of postcards at a fraction of the cost of the originals (although these are also very sensibly priced) - from her website here.  The set of originals, Who What Where When Why How is on show at Mill House Cafe as part of the Fragments show.

 What, our favourite, is already sold ... sniff! Good taste though, buyer.

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Fragments opens...

Hey all,

Just a quick update (inbetween last minute packing for Lisbon tomorrow!) with some pics from the fantastic Fragments private view at the Mill House on Monday eve.  Wine, pretzels, mini marshmallows, great company...oh yes..and a really lovely show!  Thank you to all the artists, artist's friends/fam, VIPs(!) and Magpie's mates for making it a lovely evening!




Jenny Robin's owls - WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, HOW and WHY



Private view..and the wine has been poured!








Two Magpies and the Fragments artists!  Jenny Robins, Zita Saffrette and Dan Prescott