After several weeks planning and two days hanging paintings, the preview day had finally arrived. The weather was reasonable, not too hot that people would flock to the beaches and not too wet that they would stay at home. Arriving early, Sue and I set up a table with some drinks and snacks before setting down to have some lunch. The group in the other gallery were still busy hanging pictures, as they hadn't realised that they could put work up on the corridor as well as their gallery.
1pm soon arrived as did a few visitors. One of the first was a past pupil of mine and it's always nice to catch up with how they are going on, and to my surprise he even bought a painting. Slowly, more people arrived as well as family members. I was busy talking to people and Sue was busy at times serving complimentary drinks as well as explaining to visitors how the digital drawings were done. One lady, who follows me on Facebook, decided to buy one of my oil paintings. She spent a long time agonising over which one as she liked quite a few but when a final decision was made, she was delighted with her choice.
Eventually, after a couple of hours, it quietened down and I had a chance to view the other artists' exhibition and have a quick walk in the colourful gardens outside.
The setting at the Old Parsonage is excellent and the grounds are really impressive. The turnout was pleasing and so too was selling a couple of paintings. A few people were away for the weekend and have said they are looking to visit before it finishes on the 27th May.
I was delighted to see fellow members of Salford Art Club, who not only came to support me but to sketch in the grounds as well, although the cold eventually forced them inside! It will be interesting to see their work.
I'm looking forward to going back a couple of times when it's less hectic and enjoying the building and it's grounds before taking the paintings down and preparing for my next exhibition at The Castle Park's Centre, Frodsham from the end of June.
Thank you to all of you who came to share this experience with me. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!