Wednesday 28 March 2012

New Amended Opening Hours and Open Night at St James's

Due to events taking place inside the Church, these are the times that the exhibition will be opening

Thursday 29 March                   12.15pm – 5.00pm
Friday 30 March                       10am – 1pm & 2pm – 5pm
Saturday 31 March                  10am – 5pm
Sunday 1 April                           12.30 – approx 3pm
Monday 2 April                         10am – 1pm & 2pm – 5pm
Tuesday 3 April                        10am – 1pm & 2pm – 5pm
2pm – 4pm Poetry Workshop in exhibition space by Penny Hewlett, free, all welcome “Face to Face with Loss”
Wednesday 4 April                    10am – 1pm & 2pm – 5pm
Thursday 5 April                      10am – 5pm
Friday 6 April Good Friday    9am – 11.30 am to be confirmed
Saturday 7 April – 10am   5pm
Sunday 8 April Easter Day      12.30pm – 5pm
Monday 9 April Bank Holiday, church and exhibition closed
Tuesday 10 April                       10am – 1pm & 2pm – 5pm
Closing Prayer to end exhibition time to be confirmed

It was lovely to see all of you, meet all of you, at the opening last night.  Thank you so much for coming and what a pleasure to meet you all. 

The exhibition has been set up in the upstairs gallery of St James's Church.  I was helped greatly by friends and family to get everything up to Piccadilly from Bognor Regis and to put it all in place, so that it could be seen and read as clearly as possible.  As it is a very famous and historic listed building, my instructions for exhibiting the paintings - don't touch the walls!  Do not stick anything to anything and please, no blutack.  So, how to arrange the paintings.  We leant them against the walls, we put them on the pews, we bought little plate display stands - loads of them - from hardware shops, and put the laminated (less bendy after lamination) descriptions, stories and instructions in the smaller ones, the smaller paintings in the larger stands.  We arranged little potted plants in pretty containers and we put 5 vases of the most beautiful colourful flowers everywhere.  There is a good sized TV screen and earphones for the film and there are cushions in some of the pews for comfort.  And now, the exhibition looks wonderful, the church is such a special building and we are open to the public.

This is a short entry, I will add bits as I go along.  We were very happy to have Nushi Khan-Levy at the opening, looking much better than she did in the painting of her while she was undergoing chemo for her cancer.  Nushi has hair now, and is very slender and looking good.  It is still day by day for her, though she is clear, she has had cancer and is so far, out the other side.  Nushi became a bit of a walking talking piece of art, as people got to notice that she was the lady in the painting, only much better now. Nushi with her cancer is painted below.

Please do come and see the exhibition.  I am very heartened by the response so far, and have met many new people.  One thing that I did not expect and am delighted by, is that five Soul Midwives came along last night.  I had only had email contact with some of them, and was very happy to meet them at last.  There was a small Soul Midwives gathering till we packed up and locked up the church at the end of the evening.

See you all there.  Look forward to it.

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