Hi One and All –
I suspect that you will have been expecting this email for a few days now – it’s Coronavirus update time!
I’m told that at the moment we have only 2 confirmed cases in Lincolnshire – one in Scunthorpe and the other is 11 miles away from here, in Southrey – I think everyone expects it to spread
further afield sooner or later.... so after much “ What’s the right thing to do” discussion, we have made a decision that we hope will prove to be best for everyone:
We shall close all classes from 4pm Wednesday 18th March until further notice.
If anyone would like to arrange to call in on Wednesday 18th or Thursday 19th to collect unfinished work, or pick up materials or drawings to make homework possible during
the weeks of isolation that may follow, then please get in touch........
The great news here is that I have just returned from B&Q where Polly has kindly allowed me to stockpile wallpaper and assorted DIY products that I will be encouraged
to play with during the coming lonely weeks – what joy!
If you would like to email me images of your painting problems .... or perhaps those “have I finished?” moments, I’ll be happy to email comments.....
and won’t even have to try to keep a straight face! Result!
Apologies to all you “young fit and virus-proof” painters out there for messing with your diaries .....
perhaps you might now be able to spare some extra time for those around you who are going to be in need of support.........
anyone know how to wallpaper??? Oh..... no? ....... so “do the social distance thing ..... and DIY?” ......understood....... OK !
Wishing you all the very best, and hoping to be back in touch with much better news very soon,
Ash & Polly
EVENING CLASS AMENDMENT!
Hi One and All -
Just a quick update regarding evening classes at High Meadow.
Although many of you are familiar with evening classes on Wednesdays, I have decided to halt those, at least for the time being.
My musical ( ?? I'm a drummer ) interests with the blues band are developing, and so Wednesday evenings are on hold from now on.
Monday and Thursday evenings will carry on much as before, but as with all classes, please let me know when you hope to attend, to ensure that I will be here and that there is a space for you!
Apologies to those who have enjoyed Wednesday evenings over so many years - here's hoping that we will be able to have just as much fun on alternative occasions.
Our usual framing service is going to have to alter, at least for a while. Until Polly is feeling better, I shall hope to be able to supply mounts and frames to your workshop paintings, but beyond that, I don't think that I will be able to help.
All external framing is going on hold for now - sorry if that lets you down.
As her health improves, I'm sure that Polly will be really pleased to take over the reins again, and stop me from interfering in her world! Watch this space!
Technology update - debit / credit cards
We can now take debit and credit cards in the studio, but sadly not "Mail Order" over the phone - sorry!
Bank Transfers are an alternative should you wish to purchase vouchers , materials or paintings from afar.
Please phone for a chat !
Studio, Gallery and Art Materials - Opening Times
The gallery and art materials shop is sometimes open during painting classes - generally Wednesdays, Thursdays and some Saturdays - perhaps get in touch to find a convenient time for a chat......
We are also open "by appointment".... sounds posh, but all it really means is please give us a ring, and if we are here and free, you will be very welcome to visit!
It's an ideal time to discuss a painting that you might like to have painted especially for you - "Commission" sounds rather serious, but if you have a space on your wall, then perhaps the best way to fill it might be to get an idea of the style of painting from examples in the gallery, then work out the size that would best fit your space...... then together we might be able to come up with a subject that might suit....... then I get to play........... and we'll see what develops!
With refreshments available at the garden center just down the road, we hope that High Meadow Studio will make a place of interest to bring your friends - not just the rich short sighted ones with lots of wall space………..but obviously they would be most welcome!