I had a lovely time at the Private View for the Shepway Fringe Showcase last week, it is always so weird to see your work hanging in a space that isn’t your workplace. In fact its nice to see the work hanging at all as I tend to only hang the pieces when I’m taking photos!
The exhibition was opened by the leader of the local council (I think that’s who she was as I couldn’t really hear very well) and lots of people were there to have a look at the art on display, drink the free drinks (Pimms or a soft drink) and chat to the artists and other people.
I bumped into a friend of mine who I haven’t seen in absolutely ages, let me put it into perspective, he now has a two year old son – the last time I saw him it wasn’t even in the offing! Lets say its been a while.
It was lovely to chat with him and find out what he’s been up to, and to get an invite to his show which starts this week. He is a fellow sculptor based in Folkestone so it was good to quiz him about what’s happening around and about as he knows a lot more than I do. We also had a chat about some of the Triennial work as he has seen most of it and I haven’t yet.
On the evening I felt like I’d taken loads and loads of images, however, going through them to find the ones for this post its seems like I’ve hardly taken any at all. I got a couple of pictures of my pieces hanging and some general ones of the work in the space.
There was quite a mix of work in the exhibition, as always I find myself looking at the framing on peoples work and thinking how I would have framed them myself – force of habit I think.
I also look at the paintings that don’t have frames and try to see why people have chosen to not frame their work, sometimes its obvious, sometimes its not. Then there are those pictures whose frame really, really don’t suit them.
I thought that the exhibition was thoughtfully hung it what is a tricky space as its a lobby downstairs, all the way up the stairwell, then a corridor at the top. The only thing I found a little odd was that although most people seemed to have submitted two pieces of work some were hung together and others were split up. My pieces, for example are on opposite walls in the downstairs lobby area.
I’m really pleased that I managed to get my pieces made and submitted in time and I’m also looking forward to going to see more exhibitions over the summer. I also have my eye on a couple of exhibitions that I would like to submit work to, I better get making!
If you would like to go and have a look at the exhibition its at the Shepway District Council Offices, Castle Hill Avenue, Folkestone, Kent. Its open office hours Monday to Friday. Simply go to reception and ask to see the exhibition. If you do go have a look come back and let me know what you think.
Jutta M Stiller is a wood carver and sculptor specialising in Netsuke and Couture frames click here to subscribe to her newsletter ‘Tales From the Woodcarving Bench’ .