The Diamond Jubilee. Sixty years. Incredible. As an American I find the Jubilee celebrations quite fascinating. I'd like to think I "get it" but probably I don't. I mean I get all teary-eyed and emotional when I hear the Star-Spangled Banner but I'm pretty sure it wouldn't evoke that sense at all in a Brit. And why would it? But I digress. Point is, I think the whole Royalty thing is fantastic and I love the way folks are getting so geared up for a big celebration. I feel honoured to be part of it.
Here at the Gallery we've got our own bit of celebration going on - with free make & take art projects for kids. We've got the Fantastic-Festive-Bunting-Factory (shown left), Create-Your-Own-Amazing-Portrait-of-the-Queen-Table and the Go-Ahead-Make-Your-Own-Crown-Warehouse.
To celebrate the Jubilee, we're hosing an exhibition we call Portraits of the Queen in which we invited artists from far and wide to submit artwork of any size or medium that in some way features the Queen. The entries indeed have come from far and wide (we've got artists represented from Canada, the USA, The Netherlands, Germany, and Iraq!) and are incredibly diverse. The press was impressed enough to write an article about it - which of course if very exciting for us!
The exhibition will be on through June - we hope you'll drop by for a visit. While you're here don't forget to vote for your favourite portrait - there are 3 categories: Most Creative, Most Realistic, and Most Ambitious.