In Dargle, beside everyone’s favourite pizzeria, il Postino have opened an Art Lounge.
This unique venue offers artists an opportunity to display their works and, according to curator, Kim Goodwin, is long overdue. “Although the Midlands is home to many artists, much of this creativity is not showcased locally,” he told us at the Opening on Wednesday 23 November 2016. Louis Bolton of Bolton Inc took the photographs.
The Art Lounge, rather than being run by a gallery owner, is a collaboration of passionate and supportive people working as a team to promote local art.
Chris Darroll, owner of il Postino adds “The art lounge is a long-time dream. Michael Mawsdley and I spent many nights conceptualizing this space where visitors can interact with the art. We have always had artworks for sale on the restaurant walls, now we have a dedicated gallery for both two and three-dimensional art from around the country”. Michael, who designs under the well-known name of Viva Voce, has a workshop on-site, displaying his smaller pieces in baroque style glass cases while his bronze sculptures are featured around the gallery and restaurant.
For the summer, the Art Lounge will feature bespoke art by Miranda Crooks, Elizabeth Balcomb and Grace Kotze. Miranda will exhibit works derived from a combination of printmaking techniques including linocut, collagraph, screen print, etching and collage. Elizabeth is a self-taught South African artist known for her haunting figurative sculptures that explore and expose aspects of human nature. Durban based, Grace, loves the versatile nature of oil paint that offers never-ending possibilities of exploration.
Kim hopes that there will be opportunities to offer artists space to work and live in the Midlands too, to integrate and share in the creative culture of the area. Featured artists would in turn attract collectors from further afield. Miranda Crooks concludes “The il Postino Art Lounge has all the ingredients necessary to be a great success. Kim Goodwin is an avid art collector and supporter of local artists and with his input as curator I am really excited about seeing the artwork that will be flowing through the gallery from the many wonderful artists in our community.”
Jayne Darroll envisages the space will be also used for intimate dinners, art auctions and un-plugged sessions with musicians and poets. This is a special and unusual space, where everyone will feel welcome.