Another whistle stop tour of the UK and we are back with more wonderful artworks to tempt you. 12 counties in 3 days and another 900 miles wracked up to make sure we have the very best to offer visitors to the gallery. We have also have Google in to create some internal 360 degree shots for Google Maps, so that you can check we really are doing what we say from the comfort of your home/office! It's up live and click the image below to check it out!
Using a combination of oil, acrylic and spray paints on fine grade box canvases Louise creates stunning animal works. There is a clever use of partial image that hints at the impact of humans upon the animal world. Her works are helping to chart the decline of many species.
More works arrived from Adam Frew, Cat Santos, Chris Taylor and Matt Horne plus some new cups from Rebecca Callis. Work continues on the gallery, both outside and in, meaning the displays are slightly askew at the moment so please do bear with us, we are open as often as possible given the high level of renovations to the building. It is best to check about our opening hours before setting off!
Sid and his team arrived this week and started work removing the many layers of old render uncovering some interesting details. Scarily, the lintels are all but gone and the thinking is the old render was supporting the walls! Replacement oak lintels are being installed to keep the building safe for many more years to come. The work is likely to take another six weeks and does include covering up the lovely limestone and sandstone construction once more due to Listed Building rules and to cover the numerous odd alterations over the history of the building.
Over the Christmas period Kate and I have given our online content a great deal of thought. When we first opened the gallery, we really wanted to showcase excellent quality work and show the tactility of each piece and to that end we avoided opening an online store.
As the first year was a success we tried to replicate that with an online presence and shop that allowed distant clients to purchase with ease. We tried a few stores out but none came close to the physical gallery experience and so we decided to remove the store with immediate effect.
This does not mean we no longer wish to service distant clients but that we would rather approach it from a more manual process where we discuss the merits of the works we stock as we would in the gallery. This side of the business has developed strongly thought 2016 and we hope we have the support of our clients and artists alike in moving to a older style of selling art works!
We've had a quick trip around the gallery with the camera to introduce you to a few of the makers on display. Searching For Enlightenment runs into April with a few additions to come over the next couple of weeks. We are delighted to welcome our first French artist in Veronique Paquereau with one of her wonderful mixed media paintings. More will be coming soon. Click on each image for a better look or pop in and see them for yourself.
As ever there is a diverse collection of ceramics in the four rooms that make up Bils & Rye. Strong colours combined with antique, retro and reclaimed furniture provide an alternative setting for works of real distinction.
Each room has sculpture added from some of the most exciting British sculptors. We have a strong heritage of sculpture at the gallery, one of the rooms was built by the sculptor, John Bunting, who worked with Robert Thompson (the Mouseman) and Henry Moore before teaching Sir Anthony Gormley at the nearby Ampleforth Abbey.
Having returned from our first big external event, smiles abound from the experience, the people we met and the reception to our stand! Hard work didn't abate though with the need to completely rehang and dress the entire gallery! We have moved 1200 pieces over the last week and will be putting the finishing touches to the display tomorrow and Friday.
We have several new artists on board too including Juliette Bigley who makes stunning vessels from sterling silver and base metals. We also welcome Helen Dodds with her egg tempera paintings finished with gold leaf and a lot of her humour. Up from Cornwall come paintings from Amy Albright and we now have Laura Rich's North York Moors series available from the gallery.
Like the iconic programme on Channel 4, Bils & Rye offers our visitors four very different rooms, each packed with fabulous visual delights. The internet is a hard place to portray the passion we have for the artists and their work. Even images don't really tell the whole story, somewhat disproving the 1000 words analogy.
Delighted to announce we have six wonderful driftwood sculptures by the very talented and much copied Kirsty Elson. Her work has achieved a vast following over the last few years and it has taken us all of two years to secure these six pieces. Following a request from Kirsty, these pieces will not be available online but just to visitors to the gallery.