Sunday, August 10, 2008

Meg’s Kitchen Exhibition

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Ever since Maggie opened her studio to the public back in May at the Spring Fling Open Studio Event, Meg has wanted her own exhibition.

Figuring it would a) give her something to keep her occupied for periods of time over the summer holidays, and b) prove to be an excuse to invite a few friends round, we decided she could have her own “Kitchen Exhibition” about 10 days before school started again.

For the past few weeks then, she has been busy with pencils, pastels, potato prints, marbling inks and even my camera. Invites were designed, created and posted out, and finally the big day arrived on Saturday.

Despite being only 10 years old, Meg doesn’t seem to distinguish a difference between herself and adults; indeed I don’t think she ever has. Consequently the only non-adult invited was Mary’s younger daughter (who is a teenager and taller than everyone in our family so Meg wouldn’t have made the distinction anyway).

We’ve never really got the hang of inviting people round more than one or two at a time so were caught out by the logistics of having an extra 7 or 8 in the house. This was most obvious when we realised after sorting out food, drinks and cake for a dozen people, the kitchen was probably the worst room in the house to invite people in to view anything, let alone an exhibition.

Still, it seemed to work in the end. Certainly everyone was very indulgent with Meg and she was glowing with pride by the end of the evening.

I couldn’t fit the whole wall into one photo as the kitchen isn’t wide enough, so I’ve merged 4 photos together. If you click on the image it takes you to a larger version.


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23 comments:

Chris said...

She is very talented. Is she standing next to a portrait of you?

I love the picture of the horse, as well as the one that looks like mountains against a sunset sky.

How excited she must have been to have her own exhibition; what great parents you are to make it happen for her.

Kim Ayres said...

Chris - well spotted, that was a portrait of me. Fortunately I'm the only one she's drawn with a beard...

The horse is actually from Robert Burns poem "Tam O'Shanter", where the horse is called "Meg"

ArleneWKW said...

What a totally cool idea, Kim. Meg's parents rock!

Tricia said...

Totally awesome! I love it!!!! :)

Sayre said...

Oh, my! You certainly are an artistic bunch! I love the two pictures top right of the second "merged" photo. The top one is green and black and the one underneath in warm colors - just lovely. And her camera work is wonderful too!

Congratulations, Meg! It's a marvelous exhibition!

savannah said...

well done, meg! xoxo

Christina said...

Very nice! She has talent!

Christina said...

Very nice! She has talent!
Love it!

Mary Witzl said...

We all really enjoyed this, Kim!

We were very impressed by Meg's art work, and also by the fact that she wrote every guest who came a thank-you letter AND brought out each and every dish Maggie prepared and skillfully arranged the food on the table you'd set up -- all without whining. And please tell Rogan that his cake was fantastic -- and who cares if I now have to diet for a whole month?

Eryl Shields said...

The girl's a genius. What a great thing to do and I love the collage - it is a collage isn't it, top right? Oh, I love the chalk fish too.

PI said...

It's just a delight to look at. She's certainly got the family's artistic genes and could teach a few adults a thing or two. Especially me. well done Meg!

debra said...

Kudos to Meg on her art show! I love the variety of her work and the vibrant colors she chose. Please tell her thank you (from NE Ohio) for sharing them.

Canadian Girl said...

Congratulations to Meg on her amazing art exhibition and congratulations to her family for their love and support. Kudos all 'round!

Kim Ayres said...

Arlene - thank you :)

Tricia - thanks :)

Sayre - those ones were done with marbling inks. She had a lot of fun with them

Savannah - thank you :)

Christina - thank you :)

Mary - It was great you were able to come along and be so supportive - thank you :)

Eryl - it is a collage, yes. She spent a lot of time choosing the images she wanted for it.

As for the fish, I think we should use it as a template for a new animal to be carved into the South Downs...

Pat - thanks for your kind words :)

Debra - I think she loves the idea of a global audience :)

Canadian Girl - thank you :)

Amy said...

Wow - she is talented! I love her use of color.

Anonymous said...

Well done, Meg!! I especially love the collage. More! More!

Another global audience,
Cheche
Philippines

Kim Ayres said...

Amy - thanks :)

Cheche - welcome back, and thank you :)

Carole said...

Sweet. (Not in the taste of one of Rogan's cakes, sweet,nor in the--"look at Freddie and Flossie holding hands"--sweet, but rather in the twenties-something venacular--Totally awesome--sweet.)

Kim Ayres said...

Thanks Carole :)

Tom said...

Super cool, Kim. She looks very proud standing there. I've just taken up painting myself.. so much harder than I imagined. Thanks for posting this and can't wait for the next exhibition.

Jen said...

I'm late on this, but how spectacular! What a great idea.

You're a lucky man...she's talented, and beautiful too!

Kim Ayres said...

Tom - come over - I'm sure she'd be happy to give you lessons :)

Jen - thank you :)

Anonymous said...

Kim,

I'm actually a regular lurker. :-)

Cheche