N21 Festival Art Exhibition
in Association with Enfield Art Circle
My name is Ann Keeble, Curator of the N21 Festival Art Exhibition in association with Enfield Art Circle.
I was delighted by the positive response to the Exhibition not only by the visitors, of which there were lots, but by the high standard and variety of the work which was submitted. It takes courage to put your work on display and N21 came up Trumps with work ranging from painting and drawing, ceramics/mosaics, embroidery and printing. It was a pleasure to see the skills and range of talent in this area. Sales were good and reflected the value and taste shown.
It was a time for the appreciation of all the artists, young and old which gave such pleasure.
I would like to thank ...
Hugh and Ann for lending us Roger Blows’ painting which decorated the front of the Festival Brochure. Peter Brown, Bill Dean and Roger Blows for organising the screens and setting up. Sylvia and Peter Brown for all the admin and troubleshooting. Dolores Kitchener for the excellent works by her art group. Audrey Kirby for the delightful Childrens’ Portraits. All those who were Stewards. The helpful staff of Holy Trinity Church and last, but not least, the staff of Russdales for being “Keepers of the Keys”.
If I have missed anyone out my apologies and thanks.
As an assistant to Ann Keeble, we set up the Art Exhibition in the Holy Trinity Church hall as part of the N21 Festival.
We were delighted with the way things turned out eventually after an awkward start. Some things didn’t turn up from Enfield Council which made hanging the pictures difficult.
The attendance was very good as were the sales of work, mainly due to the great advertising of the event and also the venue was well sited allowing people to pop in on their way past from the high street. It made such a difference to our experience with the Art Circle’s own annual Exhibition at Capel Manor where there are few passersby. [Enfield Art Circle’s dates this year are 14th July to 11th August, free entry to the Exhibition although the usual fees apply to visit the Capel Manor gardens].
We also took part in the Open Air Art invitation, when artists of all ages and skills were asked to come down to The Green to paint and draw.
I would personally like to thank Hugh and Ann for all their hard work and, of course, for having the original idea.
President and Chairman of Enfield Art Circle
N21 Festival Art Exhibition was a really interesting week with good results and a lovely atmosphere. Well done to everyone involved in particular to Ann and Hugh Humphrey as the overall N21 Festival organisers. What a mammoth task the whole week’s event was.
Ann Keeble did sterling work co-ordinating the N21 Exhibition, from individually contacting artists in N21, getting their information, producing labels for displaying their work. (Ann had a roll of sticky labels permanently in her type writer), designing information sheets, liaising between N21 organisers and Enfield Art Circle members to cover the many items needed for such an event, even down to blue tack and scissors. Fortunately Ann’s previous experience as Exhibition Co-ordinator with the Art Circle was invaluable as well as her involvement with similar events with the United Society of Artists, Ann is their new President.
On handing in day, Ann was organising the stewarding list while I was roped in to handle the fees because EAC Treasurer was on holiday. It was nice to meet all the artists as they brought their work in while Peter Brown, Bill Dean and Roger Blows – who painted the picture for the N21 programme – sorted out erecting the screens and the hanging. Half way through I had to make a mad dash home to find some garden wire to tie the pictures onto the screens because there were insufficient hooks supplied. Later that weekend Peter made some out of coat hangers and replaced the wire, just one of the many problems to solve that day. Finally the Exhibition was ready for opening on Saturday morning.
All week there was a steady stream of visitors, one morning 53 came in and 35 another afternoon. Almost as soon as it opened there were sales with 23 sold over the whole week. A percentage goes to the three N21 Festival charities.
Comments in the visitors’ book showed that the exhibition was much enjoyed and many said what a high standard and an interesting variety of work was on display. Even the vicar enjoyed our week there and wanted to know if we would be back next year !!!!
Sunday afternoon, between a few scattered showers, about a dozen artists met to sketch on the Green. Most of them are very experienced and produced some lovely work but it was my first time sketching in public and although daunting to begin with, passersby were very friendly and I relaxed enough to draw the horse trough planted with bright flowers. Now I need to add some colour.
Many of the N21 artists are also members of Enfield Art Circle and soon we will be setting up for our 80th annual Exhibition. If you would like to see more local artwork this is open from
14th July to 11th August, 2012
10 am to 5 pm
Capel Manor College and Gardens,
Bullsmoor Lane, Enfield, EN1 4RQ
(near junction25 of the M25)
Sylvia Brown, The Enfield Art Circle Newsletter editor...
Sylvia Brown, The Enfield Art Circle Newsletter editor...
Before the event
The N21 Festival Art Exhibition in Association with Enfield Art Circle will take place in Holy Trinity Church Hall, The Broadway, Winchmore Hill, London N21 during the week of the festival.
The N21 Festival Art Exhibition in Association with Enfield Art Circle will be exhibiting from
Saturday 16th June 2012 until Saturday 23rd June 2012
and will be open from
10am – 5pm, except for Thursday, 21st June when there will be extended hours and a special exhibitors evening that day.
On Thursday 21st June, the Art Exhibition will be open from 10 am until 8.00 pm
We are also planning some additional Art events in Winchmore Hill during The Festival Week
See local artists painting or drawing dotted around N21
Open Air Art Group Invitation - Art on Winchmore Hill Green
The N21 Festival would like you to come and paint or draw on Winchmore Hill Green, in a group,
on Sunday, 17th June (Father’s Day) between 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Thursday, 21st June between 10.00am and 12noon.