What a lovely feeling on Saturday to finally open the doors of our new gallery. We have spent the last four weeks adjusting and readjusting from 7 in the morning until 7 at night. The most difficult part was the decision making .Were the walls the right colour? Would the flooring look good? What was the best hanging and lighting system? Should we paint outside? What sort of sign should we have and what on earth should we write on the sign the ! The choices seemed endless, what if we made a bad choice and were stuck with it for years, our poor judgement there for all to see!!
Then there was the matter of the art work. Did this painting look good alongside that one, how many paintings should we hang and had I really finished that one or should I add a bit more! The deadline was getting nearer and really as novices we hadn't prioritised as well as we should. Luckily we had some very cooperative outside agencies who really 'stepped it up' so we could actually open on time.
That of course was another source of worry, we had planned an opening evening event, and The Stradey Park Hotel (for whom Ivano has worked for many years) had kindly provided us with the catering for the evening with canapes, wine and even waiting staff , but what if nobody came? It was a cold night would people really want to leave the comfort of their armchairs just to see our gallery.
However we need not have worried, shortly after opening the gallery was full to capacity with lots of wonderful guests, some of whom had travelled quite a distance to get there. We had a truly lovely evening, what a wonderful introduction to our new life as gallery owners.