The London Adventure…

Well, after such a long time since my last blog post, you’re in for a treat!! I just want to tell you about my little escapade to London recently, for the opening of a group exhibition in Farnham, Surrey, where I have 10 pieces…
I took off from Kerry Friday morning, to land in Stansted… Since I was going to the other side of the city I had planned on stopping in the center and do a little shopping around the famous Portobello shops and market… I love browsing through antique jewellery and vintage clothing…

Coming out of the tube at Nothing Hill Gate it was LASHING!!! I didn’t try to find my bearings, I went straight to Boots to try and find a cheap umbrella, and when I saw a wooping £20.00 on the tag.. well I just went back to brave the rain and found this gorgeous coffee shop/bakery across the road called “Le Pain Quotidien” (the daily bread), where I had a lovely coffee and pain au chocolat waiting for the rain to calm down…

Next I headed down to Portobello road and had a great time looking through antique shops and vintage stalls, I managed to find a beautiful art deco brooch and a cute top with an art nouveau looking motif…

THEN, when came the time to take the train down to Farnham, troubles started. I heard later that several trains had stopped working and the line I was supposed to get on was closed due to an accident… My plan was to arrive a good hour before the opening, check in my room, shower etc.. Instead I arrived directly at the gallery more than an hour into the opening reception, so quick change into my new top, grab a glass of wine, and finally breath!!

The rest of the evening was very enjoyable and I got to discover some great paintings and craft items. The gallery is in a beautiful old building that was extensively renovated some years ago.

With Director Joanne McCarthy

The next day I got to have a look around the beautiful town of Farnham, which is not only quaint and pretty, but I found it very much art orientated… They have a University for Creative Arts, where I got to see the student’s end of year show, of course the New Ashgate Gallery, and another great art centre called the Malltings, an old brewery turned into a multi-disciplinary art centre housing a theatre, a craft shop, a dance studio, a lovely café (serving great Eggs Florentine!) and different exhibition rooms.

The Maltings

A cute area where I had my breakfast in a chocolaterie!

I then had to make my way to Gatwick for my return home, full of images and inspirations that are lingering in my head… No sales so far, but time will tell…!

Thanks for reading… Amélie

  1. what an adventurous trip!!! your work looks lovely in the gallery…i’m sure you’ll sell a lot!!!

  2. Brilliant diary of your trip Amelie! The photos are great. Portobello road and the stall an antiques – i’m jealous!Wonderful place. I love the top you bought – i presume that it in the photo with the director? Just as well you bought it in the end with the way your journey went with no time for anything but to go straight to the gallery! Farnham looks a beautiful place. and your paintings look so beautiful up on the walls of the gallery! Good luck with sales, I know you will sell some ! Enjoyed reading about your trip! (:o)

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