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EALING ART TRAIL – In 3 Weeks Time

BEATING the drum

The BEAT Ealing Art Trail event is gathering momentum and is taking place in 3 weeks time.

BEAT – Borough of Ealing Art Trail, is taking place over 2 weekends in September 6th – 8th and 13th – 15th.  I am delighted to be taking part for the third time this year. I will be at   VENUE 75  in the Brochure..

25,000 brochures have been distributed far and wide, and we are also keen to get them out and about in other London Boroughs.  Its a lovely pocket size A6 full colour brochure that shows all the artists with an individual profile, information on opening times, maps and anything else you may need to know about the event. If you want a brochure or if you can take a batch to your work place, school, community group, sports team etc. just give me a shout. The more we get out the better. We have 200 artists displaying their artwork in 80 locations so there is bound to be something for everyone to enjoy.

There is also a great website that has all the above info for visitors and you can download a brochure. Have a look and start planning your route, make sure that you include Venue 75 please! www.ealingbeat.org.uk

I have a new selection of mosaics to show this year along with my new range of coasters. Various pieces will be for sale, you can commission a piece of mosaic art or put your name down for a Beginners’ Mosaic Lesson.

I will also have a new “exhibition piece” on display which always prompts lots of questions on what materials and techniques I use. Part of the fun of BEAT is the visitors can talk to the artists about their work and see the environment they work in. I really enjoy that part as well as I love chatting about mosaics to anyone and everyone!

So put the date in your diary and come along and have a great few days out in our lovely Borough of Ealing, viewing some great artwork.

A NEW RANGE

Well I am delighted that summer has eventually arrived and the sun is shining. I love being in the garden and eating out in the evening. I hope you are all enjoying it as well.

I am delighted to report a new range – COASTERS featuring my mosaics. 

BIRDS & FLOWERS,     THE GREEN MAN,      HOPPER THE FROG

MATT TREE,  GRAPES & IVY,   GREEK FISHING BOAT,  SHINY TREE

They are 9cms diameter. I sell them at £4 each or 4 for £15 plus postage. Perfect for your afternoon cuppa or a glass of wine in the garden.

They were made for me by the lovely people at Creative Forge. This small Northumberland merchandising company was formed by Zoe, Steven and fellow artists who were keen to promote their work with quality products. Most companies insist you buy in bulk but for individual artists like ourselves who want to try out a range, it is too restrictive. What is the solution – create your own company, which is just what they have done!  Check them out, they are really helpful, friendly and create lovely products in small (or large) quantities.

If you want to order any of my  coasters just CONTACT ME 

 

BEAT – Ealing Art Trail continues to take shape and the Committee has been working hard. As you read this 25,000 brochures are being printed. They will land on my doorstep soon and then the fun will start distributing them all with the team.  BEAT Ealing Art Trail takes place on 6-8th and 13-15th September this year. We have 200 artists in over 78 venues so this 4th BEAT is shaping up very well. Do let me know if you have an outlet for brochures – an Art of Craft Group, Book Club, Yoga/Pilates Group – anyone that may be interested in coming along and seeing the amazing talent that Ealing artists will be putting on display. BEAT provides a rare opportunity to talk to the artists about their work, technique and inspiration. There is also an opportunity to buy an original piece of artwork as well as exploring the beautiful Borough of Ealing.

Enjoy the summer  now it has arrived – maybe with a nice glass of Pimm’s  resting on a Mosaic Coaster!

 

 

 

 

 

BEAT 2019

 

BEAT – Borough of Ealing Art Trail will take place on 6-8th and 13-15th of September this year. Put the date in your diaries.

BEATING the drum for BEAT

This is the 4th year of BEAT and it seems to grow bigger and better each time. We have 200 artists displaying their work in 80 venues throughout the Borough of Ealing. I will be taking part again and am also on the Committee with the self appointed title of “Brochure Queen” as I will be co-ordinating the distribution of 25,000 brochures with a great team of Distributors. The brochures should be ready in July so if you have any good outlets for them, do let me know.

I have really enjoyed my last 2 BEAT exhibitions. I was delighted to receive more visitors in my second year but am being realistically hopefully about numbers this time.

I like to display a ‘demonstration piece’ each time. This is a great way of showing a work in progress and as such people feel they can ask questions (they can anyway but the demo piece seems to prompt them). I then display the completed piece the following year. The first year it was my Tree of Life and last year it was a giant mirror.

I am also thinking of having some ‘themed’ areas this year and am  working out the logistics – watch this space.

 

 

Pictorial Review of 2018

HELLO all my BLOG FOLLOWERS and a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all. I hope it is Happy, Healthy, Productive, Creative and Fun.

I always start the new year by looking back on my favourite images from the past year so here goes……

Review of 2018

As the year is rapidly disappearing and it will soon be time to focus on the festive season, I thought it would be a good time to look back on 2018.

The year started in January with me agreeing to join the Ealing Art Trail (BEAT) Committee. I had taken part in BEAT 2017 and was so impressed with how well it had been organised that I said to Kitty I would be happy to do the odd job to help out.  Kitty said she would really like me to join the Committee and although I didn’t really want to, how can you say no to Kitty! So reluctantly I joined as the self appointed ‘Brochure Queen’ and I have to say it has been a great experience. A lovely, dedicated, focussed team of people, who got on with the job and delivered another great BEAT event in 2018. Needless to say I will be staying on the 2019 Committee.

Brand New Studio – yipppeee

Early in the year I had my studio refurbished in order to give me more work space and I have been putting it to the test. I have 2 large work areas as well as a small desk/computer area and loads of shelf space for tiles, materials and all my paperwork. The layout works perfectly and I am able to work on several pieces at the same time. This was especially useful when I received my 2 large commissions in the summer and was able to accommodate and work on both of them. As I seem to be moving towards larger work the extra workspace is proving to be essential.

BEAT Ealing Art Trail was a great success for me again this year. People say that your 2nd year is not usually as good as the first but I found this not to be the case. I had more visitors, made more sales and had more people interested in lessons.

Following on from the success of BEAT I have had a spate of giving Beginner’s Mosaic lessons to people who came to view my work, liked what they saw and wanted to have a go. I really enjoy teaching people a new skill and as I work with small groups of 3/4 people at a time, there is lots of 1-2-1 time and I am able to give everyone my full attention and encouragement. As several people have asked for an intermediate lesson I am currently working on that so I hope to  come back in the New Year with some dates.

Hilary and Pauline with the Marple Mosaic

You may remember my lovely ladies who I made the Marple Mosaic for. We have all become good friends and this year we saw them 4 times! Which proves that a mosaic is not just for Christmas but for life! On their last visit I was able to present them with their joint birthday present – a Tree of Life mosaic. They were delighted with the piece and have already decided where it will go. I am looking forward to seeing a picture of it in situ.

Hours of fun

So another great mosaic year. I seem to be moving to bigger pieces, larger commissions and I have a fancy to try some 3D mosaic art next. I am still in 2 galleries: North East Art Collective and the Tower House Gallery which have regular sales and BEAT is now a fixed event on the calendar and my main showcase. So keep reading my Blog and do sign up to my Facebook Page to get regular news – always accompanied with a mosaic picture.

 

BEAT 2018 – A Successful Event

I really enjoyed taking part again in the BEAT Ealing Art Trail 2018.

As it was my second BEAT and there were 100 new artists this year, I really didn’t expect to have many people come along to my venue. However, I had 260 visitors – 10 more than last year! I made a lot of a sales, took 2 small, 1 large  commissions and had 30 people wanting more information on the beginners mosaic lessons that I run. So all in all a great success.

Again, everyone who visited was really interested in my work and as I had a demonstration piece on display, I could show them the various stages involved in mosaic making. It was especially nice to have return visitors from last year who brought their friends and were keen to see what new work I had developed during the year.

New Fishy Theme

New Fishy Theme

After the event I had one day to wrap and deliver my sales. I then went away for a well deserved rest. However, on returning yesturday I walked in to a house which still resembled a Gallery, bare rooms without any furniture, brochures scattered everywhere and bunting to be put away. As there are so many empty wall hooks it may be time to decorate!

We have a committee meeting on Monday so after having a de-brief on the event, I am sure we will start talking about BEAT 2019!

Thank you to everyone who came to see me and supported the event. Well done to all the artists who took part and congratulations to my fellow committee members in achieving another great BEAT Ealing Art trail 2018.

BEAT Ealing Art Trail 2018 – This Weekend

After months of planning, making, grouting and polishing mosaics, updating Blogs and Facebook Posts, delivering brochures, replenishing business cards, reminding friends and anyone I meet – BEAT has arrived and it is NOW!

BEAT Ealing Art Trail is taking place this and next weekend. I will be exhibiting each Friday 4pm – 8pm and each Saturday and Sunday from 11am – 6pm and I am Venue 84 in the brochure. You can download a pocketsize A5 brochure from the website www.ealingbeat.org.uk or if you live local, collect one from the many places in the Borough of Ealing.

Do try and come along if you can and also share this Blog and spread the word to others. There are a whole range of us local Ealing artists exhibiting our varied work from painting, drawing, ceramics, stained glass, sculptures, photography. We are in various venues including our homes, studios, churches, cafes, coffee shops.

Glass on Glass – on display at BEAT

We have spent all year preparing for this and we are ready to share our work with you so DO COME ALONG.

EALING ART TRAIL – In 2 Weeks Time

BEATING the drum

The BEAT Ealing Art Trail event is picking up momentum and is taking place in 2 weeks time.

BEAT – Borough of Ealing Art Trail, is taking place over 2 weekends in September 7th, 8th, 9th and 14th, 15th, 16th.  I am delighted to be taking part again this year. I will be at   VENUE 84.

The brochure is being distributed far and wide, and we are also keen to get it out and about in other London Boroughs.  Its a lovely pocket size A6 full colour brochure that shows all the artists with an individual profile, information and opening times, maps and anything else you may need to know about the event. If you want a brochure or if you can take a batch to your work place, school, community group, sports team etc. just give me a shout. The more we get out the better. We have 100 new artists displaying their artwork this year so there will be something for everyone.

2018 Show Piece

There is also a great website that has all the above info for visitors and lots of helpful advice and tips for us artists including how we can all make the best use of Social Media to promote ourselves. www.ealingbeat.org.uk

Along with showing my work I will have mosaics and cards for sale.

2017 Demo Piece

I will also be working on a demonstration piece – a large mirror mosaic with an underwater theme. Last year I was working on my Tree of Life which proved very popular. It gives a good insight into materials and technique for mosaicing.

I will also be taking names for people that would like a “One Day Introduction Mosaic Lesson.” Last year 20 people signed up and learnt the basics.

Introduction Mosaic Lessons

As this is my 2nd BEAT I want to make it as interesting as possible for new and returning visitors, as well as enjoying the experience myself. Exhibiting for 2 weekends is exhausting but great fun and I have learnt a few tips to help me enjoy the experience even more this time around.

So back to my studio now to continue making mosaics and planning and plotting on how to display everything.  See you in 2 weeks!

 

 

Mosaic Anniversary

My First Mosaic

Today is my mosaic anniversary.  Eleven years ago I met Julia for the first time who introduced me to mosaics. The story is well documented but I still smile when on leaving she said to my hubbie Alan “You won’t believe what she has got into” and I said “No, I ‘ve made one mosaic but I don’t think I’ll be doing anymore”  Talk about famous last words!!!

Since then I have made hundreds of mosaics – it would be interesting to know exactly how many but it is impossible to count them all. I have exhibited at a National Trust property 3 times, had several commissions, been part of Richmond Open Studios twice and this year is my second time in BEAT Ealing Art Trail. I have given lessons and talks on mosaics as well as working on a 2 year community project.  I am in 2 galleries, a professional member of BAMM (British Association for Modern Mosaics) and I have also appeared on TV. So much for my blasé comment to Julia!

Log Cabin Community Project

I often wonder what I would have done had I not got into mosaics. There is no doubt that I spend a lot of time not only making them, but also thinking about them, planning, designing, updating my website and Facebook. Wondering what new areas they can take me to……..an RHS Garden Show would be a dream come true – I’m just putting it out there!

But for me the most important thing was that eventually I found my artistic medium. So, have a look at my short video to follow my journey so far.

CLICK ON THE IMAGE

EALING ART TRAIL – 2018

beat

The Borough of Ealing Art Trail (BEAT) takes place this year on the following dates:

Friday 7th, Saturday 8th, Sunday 9th and Friday 14th, Saturday 15th, Sunday 16th of September.

BEATING the drum 2017

I have been a bit more involved this year as (for my sins) I volunteered to join the BEAT Committee so we have actually been planning and arranging things since January. I was so impressed last year (my first BEAT) with the organisation of the whole event that I offered to help by doing the odd job – of course, I should have known I would not get away so lightly.  Kitty ‘encouraged me’ to join the committee so how could I say no – would I dare say no!!

We have a great Team that are all focused and gets on with the numerous tasks that need doing. The format has worked well in past years and of course, each year it is tweaked and enhanced to make an even  bigger and better art trail.  This year we have lots more artists and venues so hopefully even more visitors. You can visit the artist’s page on the website and see a list of the artists taking place along with their profiles, personal statements and photographs.

Promotional Mosaic BEAT 2017

I had a great BEAT last year with over 160 visitors over 4 days. By the 2nd weekend people were coming to see me as they had met others on the trail who recommended my venue. This year I plan to be open for all 6 days (gulp) so I hope people will re-visit me and I get some new visitors as well.  No doubt my loyal friends will also pop by and some of them even help me on the day which allows me to nip off for the odd cuppa, comfort break. I am really looking forward to it.

The venue brochure will be available from mid July so do let me know how many copies you want. Hmmm, come to think of it, brochure distribution is my job so please double that number.