paul n goatsThe world is full of art news this week. A newly discovered painting by Vincent van Gogh has been unveiled in Amsterdam, the nominees for the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize have been announced (we vote Anoush Abrar by the way) but we can beat that here in St Ives this weekend with the launch of the annual September Festival, the first ever Ceramics Trail Cornwall and the opening of the biggest show of the year here at New Craftsman.

TERENCE COVENTRY, JEREMY ANNEAR and JUDY BUXTON with Guy Royle and Elspeth Owen opens tomorrow, Saturday 14th and we are expecting the biggest Private View party we’ve ever held. Our wonderful gallery manager of fortynine years Michael Hunt is putting the finishing touches to our spectacular show (careful up that ladder Michael!), Paul Haase is selecting the champagne and dusting truffles with edible gold dust (we’d expect nothing less – Paul always spoils us), gallery assistant and recent Art History Masters graduate Sussie Moran has detailed and mounted every single label (the model of professional patience), gallery assistant and talented jewellery maker Sarah Watson is polishing and perfecting the displays (with her artists eye for beauty and detail) and Director Ylenia Haase is overseeing every last detail of a show she has worked on night and day for months.

There’s a great sense of anticipation! We are thrilled to confirm that world class sculptor Terence Coventry will be attending the opening of this, his first show within Cornwall for 25 years, as will abstract artist Jeremy Annear and his wife, outstanding landscape and still life painter Judy Buxton, celebrated contemporary jeweller Guy Royle and respected performance, installation and mixed media artist Elspeth Owen.

The show will run throughout the September Festival and until 12th October so, red dots notwithstanding, this fabulous selection of contemporary art show will stand as autumn’s must see exhibition.

Images: Paul Haase taking a moment to position Terence Coventry’s goat sculptures in NCs window!

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