Yesterday was opening night of The Winter Exhibition at Listoke Gallery, and it was brimming over with good cheer, excited chatter and laughter; no doubt aided by Juliet’s scrumptious mince pies and mulled wine.

Our taste buds sated by the wondrous fare laid on by Raymond and Juliet, our eyes were treated to a visual feast – the art works on display were quite beautiful, and there was something for every taste.  I walked round wishing I had fuller pockets and larger walls, because there were many works I could gladly have taken home.

However, my quiet admiration was short lived.  Sinead asked me if I would mind having a chat with Sally Harding and Martin Connolly of Irish TV.

Oh! About what?? I asked.

Just your work, what you do and how you do it, Sinead replied and smiled widely.

So, I looked at my chairs and braced myself.

I smiled, and the tumble-weed blew through my mind. But before I knew it I was chatting to Sally, or, rather, rambling semi-incoherently, while Martin tried to keep my wildly waving arm, when not in my pocket, out of frame.

Then, the close-ups!!  Thankfully, not of me, but the chairs.

I can’t remember what I said, but I’m extremely grateful to Sally and Martin for taking the time to listen to my ramblings.  Thank you, both – it was an absolute pleasure to meet you.

I’m also indebted to Sinead, Jackie, Juliet and Raymond – I cannot thank you enough for all you have done.  Thank you, most sincerely – I wish I could have stayed longer and chatted to you some more.

The gallery and the exhibition are wonderful.  Congratulations to everyone involved in making it happen, and to the Artists whose works grace the walls and display plinths.


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