This about a painting called Miro's Cat by a North Devon artist called Gerrard Lindley. I hope somebody will tell him that the picture he created in June this year has found a most appreciative home, and that if I should ever bump into him, he is assured of a very sincere thank you. Possibly a drink. I'd like to know the story behind the painting. I'm sure there must be one.
I'd got the usual annual invitation to attend the Private View of the artworks on display at the Westward Ho! & Bideford Art Society's Annual Open Exhibition at the Burton Art Gallery & Museum at Bideford, next to the park, and almost on the Quay. This is an important annual Exhibition, and the Gallery is an important venue. I bought paintings there in 2009 and 2011, and ever since have received an annual invitation to attend the Private View, with a companion if I wish. Unfortunately from 2012 to 2021 I couldn't go, as I'd altered my late-summer West Country holiday dates from July or August to September so that I could go to the Appledore Book Festival instead. But in 2022 I'd reverted to July, and I may very well keep to that from now on. Over the years, I've met a lot of authors, and bought a lot of books. It was all very diverting for a long while, but for the future I'd rather like to concentrate on pictures.
Anyway, I arrived just before the appointed time for the Private View to open, on Friday 15th July. There was a good atmosphere. It was even better once everyone had secured their free glass of wine! I made sure to get my shots before too many invitees turned up.