Well, we are open for business! One week ago exactly, I was pouring glasses of wine, smiling fit to burst and welcoming everyone to Opua Arts. It was a great little opening; we had a brazier going outside, live music provided by one of the artists, wine, nibbles and lots of enthusiasm. I couldn't have asked for more.
This is the view from upstairs. Here I'm hoping to have classes, sit and stitch evenings and other community art gatherings. When it's sunny it's divine, but even when it's inclement there is always something happening on the wharf to watch. Can you see my boat on the right hand side of the picture?
I couldn't help admire the sun and shadows falling across this grouping above. The artwork is graphite on gesso, a chiaroscuro work by Chris Wilkie. The pottery is by Peter Yeates.
I have some very talented artists exhibiting and hopefully I'll have more soon. I want some more of the smaller items, some artisan type work as well as the fine art.
More pottery by Peter Yeates. I quite like his rustic style - you can see the marks of the creator in it.
This is the only photo I got on opening night! I just got far too busy talking and introducing and pouring drinks and talking some more!
But now that I'm open, things have settled down a bit more. I've been over every day, even if it's just for a couple of hours. I've met lots of people, all very enthusiastic for me. I have several artists lined up to show me their work and several more who I have portfolios from to organise future exhibitions. But I want more! So artists and artisans - get in touch!
And here is one of the absolute best bits about the whole space - my new design wall. After opening night, I rearranged the space a little to set up my sewing machine, my cutting and pressing table and my batting-covered, polystyrene design wall. Bliss! I think I've been more productive in the past week than I have in the last month just from being in a space that is set up purely for creativity.
There is still lots to do. More signage, more advertising, more paperwork. But I'm getting there. And just so, so happy to be be on the journey.
Have a great weekend.