Many of you will know that this Friday sees the Chinese New Year and that we are entering the year of The Horse. At Union Gallery, we are particularly aware of this fact this year as our fantastic intern, Jenna, has gone home to China to celebrate, and we are missing her keenly.
The Year of the Horse is a good one in many ways: for those like Jenna, born on a horse year, the good news is that it is suggested that they are cheerful, popular, talented and enjoy entertaining. They are associated with success and cannot stand failure. For those of us not born on a horse year, the year ahead will apparently bring health and prosperity. I, for one, fully intend to embrace that prediction.
Small wonder, then, that the wonderful Barbara Franc sculpture, 'A Sure Thing', was one of the first pieces to sell in her recent exhibition and, sure enough, it was sent to an eager client of ours in China. Lucky chap:
'A Sure Thing', steel wire and recycled material, by Barbara Franc.
And small wonder that the exquisite little painting, 'Black Prince', by great Edinburgh artist Henry Kondracki, which is currently hanging in the gallery, is attracting so much attention:
'Black Prince', oil on canvas, by Henry Kondracki. Such a beautifully observed painting: I am pretty confident that it will soon find a new, enlightened and soon to be prosperous home.
And, of course, we are still lucky enough to have two lovely Horse Puppets by the brilliant Barbara Franc - the perfect companions to a really successful Chinese New Year:
'Fruit and Nut Horse Puppet', and:
'Jonathan Horse Puppet'
Enjoy the New Year, and we'll see you soon.