by Jayne Leighton Herd March 23, 2010
The 22 March 2010 saw the Press Launch of the first ever Reading Contemporary Art Fair! And as one of the artists selected to exhibit at the fair, which will take place on 24 and 25 April 2010, I was delighted to be present at this launch event.
Reading's new art fair is orgainised by the team behind the highly successful Windsor Contemporary Art Fair, now in its sixth year. The fair will offer a unique opportunity for new and experienced art collectors to view and buy direct from selected artists and galleries. Visitors will see work to suit all budgets, from £40 to £4,000, tastes and interiors.
Each artist at the press launch displayed a piece of their work and was available to be photographed and interviewed by the local press, and to discuss their work with invited guests.
Councillor Fred Pugh, the Right Worshipful the Mayor of Reading, and his wife attended the event. They spent some time studying my very textured abstract painting, Éclat, and speaking with me. Although they admitted that 'modern art' is not their preference, they were both drawn by what they described as my painting's 'magnetic quality' and the vibrancy of colour. The Mayor even went so far as to say that he felt that this was a contemporary painting that he could live with! I took this as high praise indeed! :-)
The event was also great opportunity to meet some of the other artists who will be exhibiting, to make new friends, catch-up with some old ones, share ideas and feedback.
And the afternoon ended on a perfect note - a yummy piece of cake!
I am now making final preparations for next month's Art Fair and I am really looking forward to exhibiting there. With a wealth of exciting art - painting, sculpture, prints, photography and ceramics - from over 80 exhibitors, as well as workshops and activities throughout the weekend, Reading Contemporary Art Fair will be a great day out for families and art lovers alike.
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