This event finished on 28 July 2018.
Just a few words from Mike Pert, curator.
COAST Arts Festival launched in 2010. The initial idea was to introduce entertainment during the, often drab, Autumn half-term school holidays. It was to involve the Arts, music and drama with an emphasis on providing hands on participation for folk of all ages with artists, musicians and poets/writers. Since then, the charity has gone from strength to strength, with, in more recent years, some mid-term events being held through the year and an arts magazine.
One such event was held last year – the Small is Beautiful exhibition. 64 frames were put up for sale – each of uniform size, either in black or white/ 2D or 3D. The idea was that these could be worked up in any media and all would be exhibited in The Art House Café – a gallery in Cromer. The frames were taken
up by many local and familiar artists, but also, quite a number by people who had never displayed their work in public before. It was quickly oversubscribed.
The response was really wonderful. And the Private View was a real buzz. There was a tangible feeling of joy and excitement with a wonderful assembly of
established and newly exposed artists mixing together. You know how sometimes, one can get caught up in the atmosphere of an occasion and can let slip some throwaway comment like ……..
“Wouldn’t it be nice to have an annual exhibition of invited artists, but not restrict it to Norfolk, or even East Anglia, but try to involve artists from further afield, and introduce other work to the area?”
“Yes, it would Mike,” was the response.
So, here we are, and here it is – under the title – “The Spirit of the Artist”
Hopefully, this is the first of what may become an annual event. It is only when I started on organising something like this that I realised how many artists I know and admire. I would have liked to invite them all, but hey, as I have said, hopefully, this will become an annual event!
Thank you to the charity ‘Coast Arts’ for its support (and Art is Medicine coming in as a late sponsor to ensure this catalogue got printed in its creative and original form.) Thank you to Annie and Katrina for their tech know-how, vision, enthusiasm and, dare I say, arm twisting! Thank you to Liz James for once again allowing the show to be held at The Art House Café.
We are blessed to live in an area where many privately owned and run enterprises like hers still flourish. And, of course, a massive THANK YOU especially to the artists who have agreed to take part in this eclectic venture. I wish you all joy, success and the continuation of such important work and its display of hope in this often sad and troubled world.