Riding the Waves of Resilience – Hold on Tight!
Keeping your Head above Water
So many changes have happened to most people over the last few months within all walks of life as well as within the arts and culture industries too. With a large amount of the industry being made up of self-employed folks, life changing decisions and restrictions on vital activities has had a major impact on many.
Going with the Flow
However, our wellbeing must be priority. This Covid situation is a little bit like being out at sea, sitting in a little dingy and wondering what on earth is going to happen next, seeing a storm on the horizon…do we sit and face the storm fearing all is lost or believe that the current will change and pull us into a safe haven.
Whilst we watch the R number increasing, impeding local lock downs and more rules being imposed, we just have to hang on tight. Be sensible, respectful, and responsible, look after ourselves, our loved ones and our community and go with the flow .
I believe we can steer ourselves in a different, calmer direction. We can control the course we take , put on that lifejacket and use this as an opportunity to re-assess our lives, our work, our commitments and above all ask for help when it feels like you are being dragged down by the current – someone will through you a lifeline for sure.
Keep the Faith
I am not an artist, more of an amateur creative I would say, I dabble. I appreciate the talent of the artists whose work we have in our little gallery. I admire the process that goes into making each painting, ceramic work and piece of jewellery, and I am in awe of the creative inspiration behind each piece.
Feeling out at sea in the middle of a storm must impact on that creative process, but keep the faith, the impact that I see your work has on people who are struggling with their own storms brightens up the day!
A Safe Haven
Being in the gallery I have noticed that customers come in and feel like they are in a little safe haven of their own. I watch them smile as they gaze at the beautiful colour display in a Josh Sims painting, ponder over the location of seascapes created by Miggy Flux and see the calm and tranquillity Sam Gabriel’s “Wings of an Angel “and “Stacking Stones” bring. Andy Urwin’s raku boats and little houses become treasures to adorn a mantlepiece and create memories and the beautiful pieces of jewellery by Debra Heywood, Jo Vane , Jen Williams and Nancy Pickard, a precious gift for a loved one.
Our open water swimmers adore Lucie Sivicka’s ceramic pieces adorned with suited swimmers along with Mel West’s superb, fused glass waves and coastal images. Lincoln Kirby-Bell’s colourful collection of table ware brings a smile on a rainy day and Kim Weiler’s gorse creation a conversation starter for how on earth did she do that! And thar’s only naming a few of the wonderful artisans whose pieces are in the gallery!
Ride the Waves of Resilience
So here is a big shout out , a pat on the back and don of the hat to all you artists, ceramicists, silversmiths, potters, wood crafters, and artisans whose passion for their craft has played such a big part in warming the cockles and creating calm in a somewhat stormy sea!
After all, a smooth sea never made a skilled sailor – you can’t cross the sea by standing and staring at it, pop on a lifejacket, dive on in and ride the waves of resilience to calmer shores!
For those of you in the area, pop in to the gallery and take a look at some of the lovely pieces we have in, for those of you not in the area come on down for a visit…or go on to our website where you can peruse more of the beautiful pieces we have in store.