Ashford Snowdog Artists launch an exhibition in the Stare Well Gallery in Made in Ashford
The snow dogs around Ashford have just been amazing. They are uniting the community, getting people out and about, discovering new parts of the town and getting art out there to a wider audience. We are proud to have had 4 of the snow dog artists be involved in Made in Ashford. Through this connection we started to meet the other artists and they themselves created a lovely bond by being able to share their experiences of bringing their dogs to life. Always curious as we are, we wanted to know what their normal art works looked like on a regular flat (non giant dog shaped) canvas and thought it would be great to bring it all together and show it off for everyone to enjoy.
Some of the Made in Ashford tenants and Craftship Enterprise CIC board had chatted about using our stairwell as a gallery space. It is open every Friday and Saturday when Bare Bazaar trades from upstairs as well as when we have workshops on. It had already featured some of the tenants work but we thought it would be a perfect, quirky gallery, which of course is so us!
When the decision was made we just picked a date and went for it. We had 10 days! We only had 2 days where we could actually set it up. 10am on Weds 17th overalls on; painting, drilling, hammering and fearing for ones life up a ladder we worked. (It is not until you have to hang pictures on stairs you realise what a daft idea it is to have a gallery on the stairs!) Day 2, we could not get started until about 1pm and we worked fast. Our preview event was at 5pm – 7pm and we finished at 4.59pm. Danielle and I gave each other such an over enthusiastic hi five it really hurt our hands.
It all went perfectly after that of course and it is now open for your viewing (and hopefully purchasing) pleasure 10 – 5 Friday and Saturday. Please get in touch to book a visit if you cant come in on these days though. 10% of these sales will be donated to the pilgrims hospice.
A massive thank you to Danielle for curating it and designing all the posters for the event (and for the yummy blue cakes). Greg for helping us out getting all the art work up. The artists for wanting to be involved in this. And the whole Made in Ashford team for being totally awesome!