One of my neighbours asked me if I would like to accompany her to an art gallery to see the new artwork created by a local artist. She had done some promotional posters for him and he had invited her along to this private showing which was being held in a nearby town.
It began at 7pm but my neighbour said it wasn’t fashionable to arrive first! So she drove very slowly to the venue, so slowly in fact that it caused the person driving behind us to blow their horn 😬
After three attempts to park near to the venue my neighbour managed to get a space close to the gallery and we walked inside. Within minutes we were both offered either orange juice or wine. We both had orange juice 😇 😇
I noticed that people were clambering to get near to the artist who paintings were being displayed which made me smile. We walked around looking at his paintings on the walls stopping many times to talk to my neighbours friends, she introduced me to them telling them I was an artist 😳 which made me feel embarrassed because I don’t class myself as an artist, just someone who likes to paint.
My neighbour wandered off trying to catch a few words with the “artist “ and I hung back looking at some of the other work on the walls. I saw some gorgeous art on the walls a Lowry type painting and although the figures weren’t matchsticks the colours were beautiful and some fantastic glass birds, fishes and cats 😊. Why is artwork so expensive. 😭
Later I was talking to a man and we were stood near the most expensive piece of artwork in the gallery. Someone had just bought it and the gallery owner was putting the reserved sticker on it. “ You weren’t wanting this one were you she asked”. “No it’s okay” we both replied then looked at each other and laughed. “ Are you here to buy” the man asked me. “No” I replied, “are you”? “I’m not, he said, I just like the wine and a trip out. 🙄
My neighbour finally got the chance to speak to the artist, she didn’t introduce me to him thank goodness 😊 and then we came home.
That was my first trip to a gallery and hopefully not my last but next time I would prefer to be early so I could have plenty of room to walk around.