We seem to be breezing along at great speed towards the month of June and the summer season… it’s been long wished for – but I feel a faint concern that it too will fly by! Let’s press the pause and reset button!
Galleries can be perfect places to pause. Unusual spaces that invite us to slow down, breath deeply, consider whats before us and reflect on our responses. And as we cross over the threshold back out into the busyness, we have had an opportunity to ‘reset’. And wonderfully, all this seems to happen without acknowledgement from us. The process is a quiet thing. It happens and we either notice it or we don’t.
A space can have that kind of quiet, easy influence.
I was considering our own gallery space and the artists we represent. Each one with their own unique approach has taken time to pause and celebrate life and the world around them. They offer us the chance to pause and celebrate with them. The joy of stopping, standing still and being with them in the moment that’s inspired them, is a real privilege. Artists, with all their unique skills and given the opportunity, are perfectly positioned to help us navigate our way through the busyness of life.
Spending time in the gallery, I realise how rich our little space is, not only in talent, but also the deeper stuff of joy, noticing the good things, all that makes us happy, and that is summed up in the word ‘celebration’. For me personally, every time I paint the sea or a wave, I hope that the joy that influences my work shows through.
Here is just a small selection of some of the work we are showing currently, a tiny expression of the richly talented community of artists we represent. All fantastic. (Vesna Gusman, Ruth Taylor, Anna K Baldwin and Rachel Foxwell).
“Look at that sea, girls–all silver and shadow and vision of things not seen. We couldn’t enjoy its loveliness any more if we had millions of dollars and ropes of diamonds.”
L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables