Here’s what happened at my first ever solo art exhibition at Town Mill Galleries in my home town, Lyme Regis, Dorset.
I travelled down in a hired van driven by my son, Connor, on Wednesday 25th August, with paintings piled high, and we were met by my sister Gilly at the Town Mill Gallery, ready to help unload and set up (after a 5 hour drive).
Next day was the launch event at 10am with family and invited guests, and even the mayor to open it officially! Also pictured here with me, Gilly and Connor in the photo are my Uncle Tony and cousin Simon Hewlett (father and brother of Jamie Hewlett of Gorillaz fame). I last saw them six years ago at Jamie’s first solo exhibition in the Saatchi Gallery, London. My friends at ‘Lyme Online’ were very supportive with advertising and promotion prior to the event.
Within the first half hour I had sold the large original of Lyme Regis and 4 limited edition prints of the same piece, and by the end of Day One three other originals – Rock Pools, The Shallows, and Docklands – so 8 pieces in all. Fantastic!
The original of my Lyme Regis painting was snapped up by a local couple, which got things off to a brilliant start!
This honeymoon couple were given a wedding present of ‘money to buy a painting’ and bought this to remind them of their stay in Lyme.
The Shallows original sold on Day One.
Docklands was bought by a local couple who also have a flat in London Docklands.
Connor was with me all day helping and, in the break before the evening session, we donned Heapey Gallery t-shirts and went to the beach for a swim and ice cream, making the most of the hot sunny weather.
Over the course of the week until 1st September I sold three more large originals – Rainbow Dragonfly 2, Water’s Edge and Lyme Bay, and another five prints, making a total of 16 sales.
“We both love the picture. I’m so glad you had a great first solo exhibition, but not surprised. We got home last night and this morning it was straight on the wall!”
Water’s Edge original was bought by some Gorillaz fans!
Johanna is a local lady and has this view from her attic window.
It was a great experience and I had a huge amount of very encouraging feedback.
Not only was there a fantastic craft brewery right opposite (Lyme Regis Brewery) but a fabulous working water mill one side of me, a Tapas restaurant,The Strawberry Tree, next door and a practicing potter my near neighbour. Who could ask for more?
inside the watermill
I’m now looking out for opportunities to have a similar exhibition locally here in Lancashire. Watch this space!
Very pleased to have completed the latest branding/packaging project for our good customer in the Netherlands, Focusline – their new plant-based premium dog food.
Heapey Gallery can now be viewed as a VIRTUAL GALLERY thanks to Google Slides – quite easy to produce but, as always, the time goes into the preparation of content. Looks great on the desktop, but download Google Slides app to view on phone. Feedback very welcome!
Covid-19 has changed a lot of things this year. For me it gave me the chance to really focus on my painting and, thanks to a few posts on Facebook, quite a lot of interest was generated. To enable safe distancing with some interested clients, I used my summerhouse as a space to display some of them. It worked so well the ‘Heapey Gallery’ was born and has led to several commissions. I have lots of new ideas I want to experiment with. Paintings range from semi-abstract seascapes and florals to abstracts with an ‘industrial’ flavour and now contemporary figures in landscape. This is in addition to smaller pastel landscapes of places visited (Budapest, Athens, Venice) and the occasional pet portrait. Knowing how people like to have something ‘local’ there are of course some pieces about Chorley. The larger acrylics are complemented by a range of very different, bespoke frames – styles such as ‘driftwood’, ‘vintage distressed’, ‘concrete effect’ and many others. Commissions are welcome and visits to the gallery, by appointment. See more here
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A 3′ x 4′ print of Chorley Springtime was bought by local firm C.P. Davidson at a charity event at Shaw Hill last night (Friday 6th October). The print was donated by artfortheworkplace and Poppy Signs to Lady Captain’s Charity Auction, which followed a special golf day at the club.
Philip Davidson said the family felt they must have it for the boardroom because they loved it and it is about their town.
Hopefully soon to be appearing in more boardrooms! Already on display in Chorley Town Hall reception, the print has also been chosen by local accountants Studholme Bell for their offices in Euxton. Enquire here.
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