Monthly Archives: February 2014

Cornwall is open for business…and so is Vitreus Art

PORTHLEVEN_2782446aWe’ve always been a little suprised at how many people have visited Porthleven, Britain’s most southerly working harbour.
We’ve known the place and the fantastic scenery it nestles amongst for ages – first as holiday visitors far too many years ago to reveal, and more lately as the location for our 5-day stained glass courses and some of our new business opportunities too.

Now there are a whole lot more people who know something about the place. And what they know is probably that the little village has been battered by the recent storms.
There have been TV shows broadcast from the head of the harbour; Radio 4’s Today programme was presented from delightful ice-cream parlour and cafe Nauti But Ice; photos and videos of waves crashing over the roofs of houses by the harbour have been seen in every reputable newspaper and news website.

Like much of the south west, Porthleven and countless other lovely places have been pummelled and will need a lot of repair – just as soon as the storms have died down.

When the storms have dissipated and the sea is calmer, the fishermen will be out in their boats, the many excellent cafes, pubs, restaurants, independent shops and galleries will be open and, with a bit of luck, the sun will be warming our skins once more.

The British coastline with all its varied beauty is truly an asset for our country.
We invite anyone who’s seen photos of Cornwall receiving the full force of extreme tides and winds to make a point of supporting the people who live and work in places like Porthleven.
Get out and enjoy our natural and man-made heritage, feel that refreshing salty air on your skin, spend some of your holiday money in our own country where it will do us all some good!

In a future post I’ll write a little about the art holidays we run in Porthleven. Until then, our thoughts and best wishes are with anyone who’s been affected by this year’s storms and flooding.

Stay safe and warm!
Mike

Won’t get fooled again? Let’s hope not. And here’s a suggestion…

_72731124_72731123From the album ‘Who’s Next’ by The Who, the loosely political ‘revolution’s coming’ song written by Pete Townshend:

Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I’ll get on my knees and pray
We don’t get fooled again
Don’t get fooled again

I’m not thinking of Heston Blumenthal who quoted the line in connection to the latest outbreak of norovirus at one of his restaurants. Especially because it wasn’t the first time, so clearly he was fooled again!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-26006223

No, I’m thinking about Martin Lang, the business man who has discovered that the Chagall painting he bought is a £100,000 fake. and he may not get to keep it either, as according to French law it should be burned to prevent it from being passed off as genuine to another punter.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-26081005

My suggestion to Martin Lang (and anyone else who loves art)

Maybe Mr Lang isn’t too short of cash and he can afford to buy something else to fill that annoyingly vacant space on his wall?

Well, Martin (may I call you Martin?)….here’s my suggestion to avoid getting fooled again.

Buy a piece of art from an artist who’s still alive to vouch for the piece. Yes, I made it, yes it’s not a copy, yes, thanks for your patronage!

From my admittedly non-objective point of view quite a few benefits accrue when somneone buys a piece of art from a living artist. Add your own if I missed any:

  • You help an artist make a living, thus contributing to the viability of a community of creative people who havent harmed any nation’s finances, unlike some
  • You get something with a story behind it – you can tell people about this great artist you know
  • It might go up in value – and if you help to widen the audience for the artist’s work the worth of the piece may increase more
  • You show people you have not only great taste but also originality and that’s cool
  • Members of the opposite sex may find you more desirable because of your humanity (this is not guaranteed though)
  • You’ll be a genuine patron of the arts without having to pretend or be an oligarch
  • Above all – you’ll feel good about your decision, with little likelihood of buyer’s remorse and no chance you’ll have to burn it because the French government says so

So go out, look at some new art, maybe make an investment, and enjoy.
Will your purchase repay you generously over time?

You better you better you bet!
Apologies to Pete Towshend (again).

Happy hunting
Mike