We had another great week in St Ives at the end of July. The gallery was busy with interesting visitors including a seagull. Chantal Fordham joined us this year for the first time. She handbuilds fine earthenware vessels decorated with ceramic buttons.
Form an orderly queue please. This photos shows Chantal’s vessels, Chris’s photos and my thrown pottery.
Chris successfully exhibited his photographs this year. Bernard Faricy joined us again and entertained the gallery with his guitar playing and singing. He drew a crowd busking on the harbourside, too.
Highlights for us, apart from being in the gallery, were a visit to the spectacular Tremenheere Sculpture Garden and a night at the Minack Theatre.
The Salthouse Gallery in St Ives is at first look an unprepossessing space for an art gallery. However, it is adaptable, easy to fill, well-lit and an inviting prospect to passers-by, located on a busy thoroughfare near to the centre of town. Rented out by the week, it hosts many individual artists and artist groups exhibiting throughout the year.
The Salthouse Gallery, St Ives
So after a sweltering 300 mile drive and a night in a Travelodge that felt like sleeping in a sauna, we arrived in St Ives on 24th July. Setting up with seven other artists was surprisingly straightforward and we were open to viewers that same day. We even had time for a swim in the afternoon… bone chillingly cold, but ultimately very cooling in the atypical Cornish heat!
We opened each day from 10am to 8pm up to 30th July, with a changeover for three stewarding shifts each day. Viewings and sales were steady over the week. It was great to hear so many positive comments about the quality and the overall standard of presentation of everyone’s work.
Salthouse interior seen from front entrance
Any takings from sales soon disappeared on riotous meals out… one to celebrate Jeremy’s birthday (see previous post) and others just because were in St Ives. A special mention for “Spinacios”… the best vegetarian restaurant I have been to! Between stewarding stints in the gallery, there was plenty of time for swimming, walking the coast paths or browsing around the many amazing St Ives art galleries.
For next year we are already planning a return to the Salthouse with the possibility of a Raku session on the beach in collaboration with the Porthminster Gallery. I don’t think St Ives has seen the last of us!
“Chiltern” mugs on display – “St Ives” mugs sold out
Back from St Ives after another successful week at the Salthouse Gallery. Here are most of the group (minus Ann, Ian and Chris) plus a couple of guests, outside the gallery before closing up last Saturday to go out and celebrate Jeremy’s birthday. No need to adjust your monitor, there really is a purple tinge to the group….
More St Ives news and images to follow!
Left to right: Carol, Chris, Jeremy, Mike, Jane, Godfrey, Chris, Alice, Richard, Sally and Peter