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.
More later about other exhibition loves ...