[Archive: Our second ever weekly blog post back in 2014.]
Week two culminated in the official opening of the gallery by Torbay Mayor Gordon Oliver, but let’s just rewind first. Sunday and Monday the gallery is closed so I took the chance to make some purchases for the garden area of the gallery and get plants planted up. It is a great little space with some sun and some shade to sit in and relax over a cup of coffee. Kevin Cowell popped into see me who has a gallery just around the corner and we talked about the idea of putting together a booklet showing all of the creative spaces/galleries in the Bay.
On Tuesday my dear friend Mark kindly picked up and delivered a table and chairs for me, so now the garden is ready to be used. George Davis called in with the pieces he will be exhibiting next month and we both agreed that they are going to look great.
Lots of visitors on Wednesday: Gesche Bueker who is doing a piece on the gallery for her ‘Beach Hut’ magazine came in to discuss what she needed from me and to find out why I had decided to open Artizan, Liz Westcott, brought me in some of her honey products to sell in the cafe - she makes all of them herself from the pure honey produced by her very own bees in Brixham. Liz will also be at Devon County Show this year. Finally Andrea came around with some flyers for an exhibition taking place at the Spanish Barn later this month and into June. This will involve several artists and is called ‘Flying Colours’. I hope to get along and take a look.
Thursday and Friday I had a steady flow of customers including an American photographer now living in Torquay – I invited her to the opening. The press photographer from the Herald came around to take some pictures to go with the article the Herald are doing on the gallery and this will hopefully appear next week. Friday evening I had invited several people along to an official opening of the gallery and I am glad to say that many of them pitched up. It was a great evening with about 30 people here, we made a couple of sales and several new contacts and it was good to know that there is much support for what we are trying to do here.