Last year I did a little blog post of 'My Sherwood Art Week' and here's another one .............
First job of the week was installing artists in their shop venue. 'Art in Shops' is one of the most popular aspects of SAW, it is ever present during the week and is difficult to ignore if you are walking through Sherwood. This year we had some shops taking part for the first time, one shared their shop with us for our HQ and information point for the week, others cleared their windows to make way for art, some fitted the art around the usual window display and after a terrible fire the week before, one of our regular shops cleared space and cleaned all the windows so the art allocated to them could still go up.
After helping to set up some stalls at the craft fair venue, it was time to organise a few artists, last minute, for a mini-exhibition in Doctor's Orders Micropub in Carrington. The aim was to get a mix of different artists to showcase a little of what Sherwood Art Week was about and entice the drinkers up the road and into Sherwood. In the end, we had different types of prints, photos, painting and papercuts for the exhibition. Within minutes a piece being put up was sold and a number of pieces were sold throughout the week in this venue alone, along with some commissions.
|Doctor's Orders Exhibition Space|
While I was in the pub, the knitters and crocheters had been busy yarn bombing the streets of Sherwood with their creations adorning gates, trees, benches, bollards, signs and bus stops. Even some of the local schools got involved, and seemed to be having great fun when I saw them earlier in the day. I looked great when I got back to Sherwood for a little light refreshment at The Crimson Tree, where the diners also enjoyed some live music.
Counting in the visitors, directing traffic and handing out SAW brochures kept most of the committee busy for most of the day, although I did get a free hour or so for a quick look around the stalls and to get myself a scone, jam and a nice cup of tea. There was also time to buy art! The intermittant rain didn't seem to put anyone off visiting, which was great, and, like last year we had approximately 2500 visitors. The only thing left once everyone had gone was to get the damp stalls and gazebos down.
|Craft Fair Music Tent|
We had a networking event at the Samuel Hall on the Wednesday of SAW, giving the artists the chance to look at all of the artist trading cards and take photographs. With the swap, everyone's cards were sent off by post. No-one had any idea which cards they were going to get so we all got a surprise a few days later through the letterbox.
|One of my ATC set|
I tutored two classes this year, towards the end of the week. One with another tutor 'Japanese Stab Stitched Books' and 'Clean Collage'. Virtually all of the classes filled up early and we could have filled the book class a few times over. Both went really well and everyone seemed pleased with what they made. All the venues for the classes during the week provided their space without charge, and the tutors provide their time for free too, so it helps us keep the taster class prices very low, just to cover materials costs. The Stab Stitched Book class was held at the Crimson Tree so we were also able to get tea and cake!
|Japanese Stab Stitch Book|
|A book made by one of the students from a crimson tree bag|
The Art Marquee during the Sherwood Festival on Woodthorpe Park, I have re-named the Glitter Tent. Kids love glitter, both girls and boys and I think we must have got through a kilo of the stuff! This year we had a general craft table, crafty hands and jelly fish plates, felting, mosaics (which will be permanently installed on Woodthorpe Park), fantasy houses, badges, crochet, fabric flowers and instant books. We were hectic all day and we had a great group of artists and volunteers who again, gave up their time for free.
|Crafty hands hung around the Art Marquee|
There was just enough time on the last Sunday to get around the Exhibitions. The Place, Methodist Church and St. Johns's were the venues this year. The Place holds art classes and some of the paintings there were from the students. The Methodist Church had two spaces for exhibiting, one with a paper installation filling the entire room. At St. Johns's in Carrington, I got a cup of tea to enjoy while looking at the art and I chose a piece to buy, a photograph of the sea by one of my fellow committee members.
All in all a thoroughly enjoyable week once again, and mostly wonderful comments from people in Sherwood as we went about running the different events during the week.