Creme de la Creme

Like most artistic people, Tana Knyvett has more than one string to her bow.  Not only can she paint like a dream but, along with her family, she runs Le Cafe Creme, a mobile French Creperie.   Their classic Citreon H van has been lovingly restored and converted to serve scumptious sweet and savoury crepes,…

All Hail Halloween

Amongst the many local attractions for visitors in this area, one of the more unusual is the Hell-Fire Caves.  Local landlord, Sir Francis Dashwood, set about extending the existing open-cast quarry in West Wycombe to relieve the serious local unemployment caused by three successive harvest failures between 1748 and 1750, as well as to provide…

Bill Paints up a Storm

Local artist Bill Hester, who is an active member of the West Wycombe Art Group, took up the inaugural post of Artist in Residence for a Day at Fillingdon Fine Art on Saturday.  In his true understated style, he quietly slipped into the hot seat with minimum fuss or bother. First he selected a compilation…

All Grown Up

“It looks more grown up” was how one regular customer described our new-look gallery this last week.  That was a satisfying comment, as that was exactly the aim.  We have put away the toys.  That is not to say that all the work is exorbitantly expensive.  Cards range from £1.00; many beautiful pieces of jewellery…

Pointing the Way

Our smart, brand new wooden signs are now up, clearly pointing the way to Fillingdon Fine Art.  “Very classy” was how one customer described them yesterday.  The key thing is they are clear and durable, as well as beautifully made by The Signmaker in north Devon.  The main one at the top of our drive…

Zimbabwe flag

Flying the Flag

The show is set and now the flag is up!  Fluttering proudly in the autumn sunshine at Fillingdon Farm is the brightly coloured flag of the country of my birth, Zimbabwe.  But it is not up for me.  It represents the numerous talented artists we have from that small country on this exhibition; painters Mary-Jane…

stone sculpture

Poised in Purple

Elegant new stone sculptures from Zimbabwe are in situ at Fillingdon Fine Art, but strictly under wraps.  To keep their sheen and polish, the new collection; like outdoor sculptures at great country houses in winter; have been swathed in plastic.  Not for long though, as “Richly Wrapped” opens in less than three weeks time, and artworks…

new work delivery

The Wrappings Come Off

All the work for our forthcoming “Richly Wrapped” exhibition is now in and the exciting task of unwrapping is in full flow. It always feels slightly like Christmas-come-early, as boxes with menacing red warnings of ‘Fragile’ and ‘Handle with Care’ are stripped of their thick shiny brown tape.  Copious quantities of scrunched African newsheets pile…

new paintings

All Wrapped Up

As expected, we have our forthcoming exhibition “Richly Wrapped” all wrapped up. No peeping before we open our Winter Season 2014 on Saturday 4th October. Tantalising parcels are arriving at the Fillingdon Fine Art gallery, their understated, uniquely African, and frankly often shoddy packaging belying the jewels that lie within.  Do keep an eye on…