So today we wrap up the exhibition and say goodbye to Bear Steps Art Gallery. We have had such fun and met some really interesting and lovely people. We've sold some of our work, drunk too much mulled wine (and peddled refreshments to the stewards and visitors).
It will be sad to say goodbye but we have some exciting plans for 2018 so keep watching and following for news about future ventures!
We would like to thank everyone for coming in and especially to those who have left feedback and entered our Prize Draw! We will be revealing the winner of Big Cock this afternoon and I'm sure he will be bringing a smile to whoever is the lucky recipient.
Over and out!
From Alison, Karen and Jenny
We had a fabulous surprise today in the form of a visit from our fellow Association of Animal Artists Trustee, Christina Hopkinson and her lovely family! It's always great to catch up and what better way to do it but in the company of like minded friends over a mild mulled wine! (I have been convinced that the alcohol content of the mulled wine is low, but I can report back on that tomorrow night as we are all getting together for our Christmas PPP celebration and I am sure there are a few bottles that need polishing off!
Oscar dog was in fine form today and greeted the visitors with a full inspection and seal of approval. He was very conscientious and made sure that everyone knew that the prize draw was going to be drawn soon. Every comment on the blog counts! Here he is pointing out the prize alongside the entry info. (I knew he had his uses! Useless at hoovering and washing up though!)
After many visitors and an early morning sale (hooray!) to a lady that had found the 'one' for her new house, Karen settled down to an urgent competition entry - a tiger wearing a santa hat (er...like you do!).
I would like to take this opportunity to gush about Karen for a couple of lines (don't want to get carried away). She has been a total natural as gallery guide and it has been pointed out on several occasions that she really should try to seek employment in this area. We are totally indebted to her as she has turned up every morning to open the gallery and has been on hand to meet greet and inform, refresh, wrap the paintings and take the sales. She has battled snow, ice, a broken car, and a horrendous chesty cough! Karen we couldn't have done it without you! You are amazing! This surely is what friends are all about and both Jenny and I are really looking forward to taking our Print Pastel and Paint adventure into 2018. (Hopefully nearer to home so we can do the 'running')
OK so where is everyone? We opened at 10 and waited....and waited.....and....yaaawn.
Never one to not take advantage of a bit of down time, Karen set about doing her Christmas cards. We had a few visitors in today, but it was very slow, so made the decision to close early and get some Christmas prep done for ourselves. Still there's always tomorrow! Come on folks, only 6 more days until we pack up and get back to real life until the New Year!
We have had some fabulous comments left on our blog and there will be a winner for the prize draw pulled out of the hat on the 23rd! To enter just let us have some feedback so that we can improve for our next joint venture
In the immortal words of Martin Charnin.....
"The sun will come out tomorrow
so you gotta hang on 'til tomorrow, come what may!
tomorrow, tomorrow, I love ya, tomorrow you're only a day away!"
It was Oscar's turn to steward the exhibition today so I drove him to Shrewsbury after his morning walkies and made sure that he was looking festive for the occassion! He hadn't slept much the night before as the excitement of meeting new friends and visiting somewhere new was too much to bear! Making his bed in the corner of the gallery, he decided that a walk around the exhibits to give his opinion was his first duty. Fixing on a portrait of himself he asked if he could have a selfie and then a quick sniff round the block before nap time.
DON'T FORGET TO ENTER OUR PRIZE DRAW TO WIN 'BIG COCK'!
The Bear Steps is the curious name for the stone steps that lead to the Bear Steps Gallery and Cafe...until you know that they were probably named after a pub called 'The Bear Inn' that sadly no longer exists! Accessed through charming cobbled street called Fish Street, apparently one of the most photographed streets in Shrewsbury. It is not hard to see why Shrewsbury is such a great tourist attraction and we feel very lucky to be borrowing the Bear Steps Art Gallery for the two weeks leading up to Christmas. With only 8 days to go until we leave this lovely town, we would like to share some fascinating Shrewsbury facts with you!
The Battle Of Shrewsbury
One of the bloodiest battles in English history took place just north of the town. This was, ‘The Battle of Shrewsbury’, in 1403, it saw the death of over 6000 soldiers over a period of just three hours. Sadly bodies were strewn over a three mile area. Shakespeare immortalised the events in his Henry IV plays.
mmm didn't know that!
In 1809 Charles Darwin was born in the town and was educated at Shrewsbury School before moving on to University.
oooooh didn't know that either!!
“Shrows-bury” or Shroos-bury”. Both variations seem to have equal merit amongst the townsfolk, so prepare for a good debate if you choose to discuss the subject with a group of locals!
We debate this often in the gallery so be prepared if you visit!
Shrewsbury is the home of the WORLDS!!! First Skyscraper!
The first iron-framed building in the World was built, with the construction of the Ditherington Flax Mill in 1797. At a whopping 5 storeys high (tall in those days!) it paved the way for modern skyscrapers to be built around the world!
Had no idea!
Home to daredevil steeplejacks!
Shrewsbury's St Mary's Church has the third tallest spire in England. In 1739 the church was at the centre of a dare devil feat! Local steeplejack flier Robert Cadman was well known for his daredevil feats, but came to an unfortunate end attempting to cross the River Severn from a rope suspended from the spire of St Mary's Church.
Well thank you Shropshire Tourism and the lovely stewards at The Bear Steps Art Gallery for making our day so educationally rich!
We will leave you with some comments from some lovely visitors to the exhibition today!
"Great range of unique pieces! Loved the animal work and can't believe the beatroots weren't real! Lovely cards for sale too! Topped up my stock!"
"Really enjoyed the exhibition today, in the beautiful Bear Steps gallery. Nice touch to offer mulled wine and mince pies, particularly on a cold December day. Loved the paintings and prints, will be calling again on our next visit to Shrewsbury."
Amazing place for a great day out (....and that's just about our exhibition!)
With Karen in charge today there was always going to be some festive spirit (literally) in the form of wine....mulled and decanted into a very trendy flask! We are led to believe that she is being assisted by a very nice lady called Mary and whoever dares to come through the door! So do feel free to pop in in your lunch hour for a spot of free refreshment and a leisurely stroll around the gallery. Handmade Christmas cards are the order of the day #christmasspirit
We would love to know what you think of our exhibition and are waiting for you to comment via this link. We will also sign you up to our FREE PRIZE DRAW to win a Limited Edition print onto canvas of 'Big Cock' by Alison Stafford!
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Happy Christmas to you all! :D
Alison, Karen and Jenny from Print Pastel & Paint!
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Due to open on the exhibition on the 10th we watched the forecast on the TV and worried....a lot! Not only was the thick band of snow creeping down the country going to make it difficult for us to get to the Gallery to set up, it was also going to scupper any plans for a glitzy opening! No one would be able to get there! We made a call to deliver our paintings to the gallery on Saturday and cancel the opening until Monday, thereby giving the roads a chance to clear and locals time to dig their way out!
So along came Monday morning, after a record snowfall across Shropshire and off we went! Determination and reckless wilfulness fuelling the journey we all arrived at the gallery Monday morning and started frantically hammering nails and hanging paintings. We eventually left at 6pm and were very pleased with our efforts. The Bear Steps Art Gallery is such a lovely building with real atmosphere, and run entirely by a team of volunteers, all ready to impart the history of the building and its neighbours. With a gorgeous cafe next door, happy to deliver refreshments, we will be open for business right up until the 23rd December. Forget the perfume, scarves, socks and booze this Christmas and give a piece of original art. You will not only delight the recipient, but you will be supporting local artists as well. We hope to see you soon!
Alison, Karen and Jenny
We are three artists and more importantly friends that share a love of art, wine and cake! Gathering for weekly art making sessions over the last 10 years, and even when one of us moved counties, we are bound together through a common thread whose tapestry of life, laughter and art come together in our first exhibition!