|The Art Exhibition 2011|| The time for our annual Art Exhibition in the Orangery is coming round again and it will be open to the public from Saturday afternoon, 26th March, until Sunday 3 April. * The aim is, as always, to raise funds for The Friends of Holland Park, gain favourable publicity for the organisation, attract new members and, last but not least, take advantage of the beautiful setting to give pleasure to all our visitors.
We have a poster competition again this year which is our way of seeking interesting publicity before and during the exhibition to attract the attention of all those who might exhibit, buy or just come along to enjoy the display in the Orangery. There is no monetary reward for the chosen poster, but it will be shown widely both in colour and in black and white, including on the cover of the exhibition catalogue, so there will be plenty of acclaim. If you are interested in entering this competition, February 18th is the deadline for poster entries so do enter the competition! You can download the information. Friends who are artists and artists who become Friends are invited to exhibit up to ten works in the exhibition, two of which will be hung and up to eight shown in portfolio stands. Most of the works are paintings, some are photographs, and we can also exhibit up to ten three-dimensional objects such as ceramics, glassware and small sculptures. Full details for artists can be downloaded here or obtained from Mrs Andy Walker, 4 Iverna Gardens, London W8 6TN.
There will be a Minimarket again this year, placed near the entrance. Here the artists will be able to sell small, mostly three-dimensional works for £40 and under. Exhibits such as small pieces of pottery, small sculptures, stationery or other craft works, which the artists do not consider would sell for the minimum £50 stipulated for the main exhibition, can be shown here. We do not accept paintings in the minimarket. Space for each artist is limited so, if you are interested, download the information for artists. Artists who have registered for the main exhibition with the £10 entry fee will be entitled to ask for space in the Minimarket without further payment. Those who want to enter only the Minimarket will register with a payment of £10, as well as becoming Friends. Goods in the Minimarket will not be listed individually in the catalogue, but the names of the artists will be.
To register, please download the order form and return it to Rhoddy Wood at the address given, together with your cheque. If you are not already a member, you will also need to download a membership application form.
Please do take part in this event and we hope you enjoy it.
*There was a mistake in the timetable in the winter newsletter: the exhibition is also open on Sunday 27 March.
Exhibition open to the public free of charge Sat 26 March 1.00-6.30 pm
|Report on the Art Exhibition 2010|| Although we were not quite as lucky with the weather as we were last year, all went very well and we made only a little less for The Friends than in 2009. 25 artists sold 49 works for £3,473.90, giving The Friends a net profit of £1075.19. We are grateful to all our loyal supporters and to the artists who make the exhibition what it is.
This year we had a slightly different arrangement where a member of the Friends’ committee was present on each day, helped by one and sometimes two other stewards. Very many thanks to all those who undertook this, and also to those who helped on the receiving and collection days, both at the tables and in helping to hang works and, at the end, to take them down. Nigel Brockmann did a wonderful job in organising the steward rotas so that everything went very smoothly.
The main change from last year was the introduction of the “mini-market”, a new idea introduced by Rhoddy Wood, which was a great success. It added to the interest and made the entrance to the Orangery more intriguing, drawing in more people. Very many thanks to Rhoddy for organising this and to the artists who took part so enthusiastically. As usual we would also like to thank Rhoddy for her work with the artists’ cards which so enhance the exhibition.
This year Isabel Langtry acted as the sole judge for the exhibition and did a wonderful job. We are extremely grateful to her for giving her time and for considering so carefully the choice of winners of the various prizes and commendations.
We also wish to thank Alison Beckett who worked wonders with the hanging of the paintings, a really difficult exercise, and achieved a very good result which was much appreciated by both artists and visitors. Joanna Irvin helped Alison with this and we are most grateful for her contribution.
We also appreciate the help we received in displaying posters or flyers in shops, restaurants and other public places, which does so much to attract people to the exhibition. The poster was very successful again this year and we sold quite a lot of copies.
Last but not least, we offer congratulations to the prize winners, listed below, all of whom were a tremendous asset to our exhibition and whose works were much admired.
Poster competition winner Catherine Bajour
Three dimensional works:
Danuta Piesakowska, who exhibited with us for many years, was seriously ill at the time of the exhibition but arranged for her works to be brought. We are especially glad that two of them sold, as she died shortly after. We would like to thank her family for their support, and extend our sympathy to them.
|Art Exhibition 2010 Review||The Friends of Holland Park artists defied economic gloom and wintry weather to present an array of work brimming with sunshine, colour, enthusiasm and imagination for display in the annual exhibition in the Orangery.
Philippa Kennard-Bent evoked memories of happy holidays with a painting of beach huts, as did Rouhi Peck with her Camber Sands, while Catherine Bajour tempted travellers with her delightful watercolour of a Moroccan village and her accomplished mosaics inspired by the Orient. Renate Ober presented two views including a little German harbour in exquisite hues. Closer to home Keiko Yokota captured spring in Holland Park, and Krystyna Dankiewicz depicted the beautiful Orangery itself. Julian St Leger portrayed Kensington Gardens with great aplomb, and José Suárez caught a stunning sunrise. James Parfitt created a wonderful snow scene, as did Margaret Whitehead with her watercolour of sheep. Jeannette Carr also showed great skill in depicting animals, while Eleanor Longmire fell for a Sicilian cat, Maria Kaleta painted a magnificent peacock and Joan Fiddes Dalley a marvellous bantam. Hazel Fennell produced one of her splendid abstracts, Patrick Killery two very fine portraits and John Schetrumpf a powerful figurative study to set one thinking. Anne Bulitis’s mixed media works were as fascinating as ever, and the photographs of Isher Dhiman and Joan Bovarnick of Mont Blanc and Lord Holland’s winter pond respectively were both a joy; so were the sculptures of Ann Neimer and Patricia Collins, notably the latter’s bronze hares. Marianne Moore presented some amazing stained-glass freesias, Lujain Razouki some remarkable tiles, and Sheri Rahmanian a selection of jewellery that was dying to be worn.
The work which added the most vitality to the whole vibrant exhibition, however, was Joan Fiddes Dalley’s striking portrait “Punk still rocks”.
|The Art Exhibition 2010