I'll be taking a stall and exhibiting at the forthcoming Antiques and Collectables Market in Ayr's Citadel Centre, this coming Saturday 25th October from 10 am. I've spent the last six weeks or so getting prints and cards made and sorted out, sourcing mount board, cutting mounts (learning to use a mount cutter in the process) and generally making sure that everything is well packaged and presented for public consumption. Why not come along and say hello if you're in the vicinity?
It's something of an undertaking for me - doing a show of this kind. Way back when I was carving for a living, we did numerous shows, carting full size rocking horses and other heavy objects in and out of buildings. This is probably one of the reasons why I have serious mobility problems now. We have to pick and choose where we go - access is always a problem and I really can't do any carrying. Just getting from A to B is a bit of a struggle. However, my wife is coming along to carry the boxes and fortunately canvases and prints don't weigh nearly as much as rocking horses made of oak! And it's good to engage with the public - to chat about the work.
We've booked Saturday's stall, and another one at the end of November. The Citadel is closing for renovations soon after that so we won't be back there till the spring, but will be looking for other venues. I'm hoping to be able to do a venue of this kind roughly once a month. We'd like the chance to exhibit in Dumfries and Galloway, which is only a short hop over the border from here - and seems to be a place that values artists!
We'll be blogging from time to time about Alan's work, what he's working on and what's for sale. Watch this space for news of forthcoming exhibitions too!