Mid June is the muted date for the external renovations of 5 Market Place, Kirkbymoorside. The old White Horse Hotel will change to something with a more subtle look. We will know more once we uncover the stone, however, the current plan is to replace the render with a more sympathetic product that allows the stone to breathe. The guttering gets replaced too and lots of the unsightly additions will be in a skip and off for a new life with Stig of the Dump.
Time for us to start considering what to hang from the sign board. Thoughts? If you'd like to see our suggested colour scheme (still subject to Listed Building Consent) then please do pop into the gallery for a cuppa and a chat.
Meanwhile I'll soon be off on another UK tour, heading to Lincoln to collect yet more Michael Thacker sculptures, some of which will end up in Katharine Pooley in Chelsea. They have a wonderful shop on Walton Street that stocks Michael's work. It's best to check before as they leave quickly!
From Lincoln I'll be heading to London for some top ups from a few of our London based potters and then on to see Laura Rich for a much needed catch up. We have new works in the gallery now and will pick up more on the journey. Then it's off to see Simon Gudgeon before heading to Philip Wakeham and on into Cornwall for Jack Doherty. I'll be seeing Matt Horne, Alex McCarthy and a few others on the journey before heading back with lots of wonderful new pots, sculptures and paintings.
We are also planning a joint event with the Community Library in Kirkbymoorside hopefully for September 2017. This will feature a talk by Professor Joann Fletcher and Dr. Stephen Buckley about their specialties of Egyptology and Chemistry and their unusual crossover. After the event at the Library we will have an evening function at the gallery with pianist and food from the Penny Bank Cafe (now with new owners). If you'd like to be added to the list for the event, which will be raising funds for the library please email us here.
We have had lots of new arrivals and plenty more planned for the near future, with a joint show featuring Philip Wakeham's individual sculptures and two of his favourite painters Veronique Paquereau and Tatev Ghambarian. Both are French based artist approaching figurative works from completely different yet highly complementary angles.
Hope to see you all soon and please do keep visiting during the renovations, all precautions have been taken to make it just as special as normal.
Kate & Nick Bentley