Artists Open House 2010: official invite

Well, it’s the flyer, not a real invite, but still. Apart from me asking everyone to come this is as close as you’re going to get to an official invitation.

I think by now I’ve said everything but I’ll reiterate:

  • It’s Yari, Iki & Karin, and me, exhibiting some of our work along with several other local artists. Apart from photography and handcrafted jewellery this includes
  • There will also be musical entertainment and (should you bring little people) storytelling, as per the schedule below (flyer or image)
  • For the inner you there are hand-made cakes and tea, as well as Pimms and strawberries!
  • 20% of proceedings go to the local charity Survivors’ Network.
  • The organisers are asking for a small voluntary donation at the door. Even though this doesn’t need to be much, you are free to ignore it (it’s an Open House after all, not a museum or gallery).
  • The venue is on Portland Road, Hove near some big church; a bus stop for at least the 46 and 49 is directly in front of the Acupuncture Clinic. I mentioned Aldrington and Hove stations before.

And one final thing, should you see something in the posts about ika’s or my stuff (upcoming) that you like, feel free to contact me about it and I can probably reserve it for you.

AOH 2010 Acupuncture Clinic (in7) (PDF 3MB)

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Artists Open House 2010: why?

Because I’m vain? Well, that’s a good start, why else?

Because the Artists Open House that I (and Yari, and our Swedish friend Ingegerd/a.k.a. Iki, together with her sister Karin) will be exhibiting at is supporting a most worthy local charity: the Survivor’s Network.

Their website isn’t all too informative – but do feel free to explore it – so I’m trying to rectify that in this post – as far as I can, because I am not an expert on them.

In short, they help women who are the victim of sexual abuse of various sorts; childhood abuse of long ago, as well as rape as-short-as-possible after. It doesn’t need explaining that that is a great and very valuable service; I will just post some more informational material below for anyone interested to read.

To shortly explain how the charity support works: if you buy our stuff (and it will not just be ‘us three’; there will be like a dozen artists (I hesitate to use this term for myself :S) exhibiting their art. There will be at least two other photographers; Iki is sending jewellery (all you ladies should be curious – I’ve seen it and it’s beautiful!); there is at least one painter; there is one (or maybe two) embroiderer (embroideress?); and Yari’s mom is sending in, from Italy, her bead-sculptures – and then there’s the people I don’t know about.

In addition there will be all sorts of homemade cakes up for sale which also help the charity so stuffing yourself has never felt so good either!

I’ll write more about what to expect soon but for now I wanted to have this background out. Do all come, the Acupuncture Clinic is in Hove close to Hove station and even closer to Aldrington station, and it’s on the 49 bus line to Portslade too.

Now here’s the Support Network info:

Catching up

Been so busy, I didn’t even have time to write that I was busy.

Job applications, girlfriend, photography and an Easter weekend took enough time to prevent me writing anything. Not that I didn’t have anything to write about – the world didn’t care much and just went on turning in my absence. Disgraceful.

I’ll try to quickly blast off a few opinions in a token – and doomed-to-fail – attempt at preserving my opinion a day posting. Now, lets’ see how many I need since Mon 29th…

Tue 30th Mar

Actually was important enough that I’ll write a longer specific entry about it later. Well not about the day, but about the meeting that day regarding the Artists Open House as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival in May. Something with photography and supporting a local charity, the Survivors Network.

Wed 31st Mar

Spent time looking for jobs and applying. Takes ages but is quite rewarding once you’re into it. Not much to opine about. Earlier I had been quite amused by what I found on one website, putting down my search criteria as ‘temporary’ and ‘part-time’. First it suggested I do ‘male escorts’, and while I was pondering that career move I scrolled down to find ‘adult movie extras’ as a further suggestion. Hmm, now how would I explain that to miss girlfriend…

Thu 1 Apr

Totally missed April Fools’ Day in favour of visiting the exhibition about van Gogh and his letters in the Royal Academy of Arts, with friends, one of whom was celebrating her birthday. Hurray! Spent a long time in a queue, to find another queue waiting around the corner, to almost find another one round another corner. Eventually made it inside – by that time with frozen legs – after an hour and forty-five.

The exhibition was wonderful with loads of paintings and all the additional information from his letters. A bit long though, after five of the seven rooms, each with like two dozen paintings, my mind was full and I needed a coffee – an opinion most of the others shared with me.

Anyway the rest of the day is of little interest to anyone who wasn’t there; I do must express my gratitude to my friends who were kind enough to insist on going to a restaurant that would properly cater for vegetarians (they even considered going to the vegan double-decker bus we found, the sweethearts!). In the end the Va Bene restaurant was marvellous, two of my (non-veggie) friends did take a veggie meal – bless them, again – and we all left back to Brighton satisfied.

Fri 2nd Apr

More applying for jobs, and seriously starting to look forward to the Easter weekend!

My opinions today were mostly concerned with various job searching websites where I was trying to change my CV or other details I had put in before; turns out that for many of these websites that is not so simple as ‘replace old CV with new CV’ but involves me having to re-input entire reams of information that I had already given last time… so I got seriously annoyed :( and my latent (or not-so-latent) De La Tourette syndrome reared its ugly head, much to the amusement of my girlfriend who was providing mental support from the other end of a Skype chat.

Anyway, the weekend was a million miles away from that… more catching-up opinions later!