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The Easter weekend is well underway and the Million Dollar Run art show opened successfully on Saturday evening at the Morgan Gallery. The turnout was really very good and opening night proved to be one of the busiest in the gallery’s history.

I’m not at my most comfortable talking about my art, at least not in that type of situation and I busied myself ensuring that guests had champagne, wine, or water readily to hand whilst my husband worked busily away in the back tidying up the fallout of used glasses and empty bottles! I was proud of him, as he was there as a guest, but he’s not a man to shy away from any kind of work and I think he enjoyed the labour. Being a straightforward and no nonsense type, I’m always amazed that he can adjust to pretty much any social situation and he walked around mingling with the artists and guests alike, looking incongruous in his black stetson and denim yet seeming to fit in at the same time, just as he did the previous evening, attending the gala dinner at the Ritz Carlton, where he claims to have felt like a fish out of water.

As it turned out, both evenings were enjoyable, tiring, and thankfully successful for both the sponsors, charities,the gallery and the artists. “Bad Boys” made a very good price at auction on the Friday evening and I was pleased to sell one painting on Saturday evening called “Outlaws”. Several other artists made sales too, so several of us drove home happy!

Outlaws

Now it’s time to get busy for the upcoming shows at the Ritz Carlton and Cayfest so the frame building and stretching continues unabated. Today is the big race so we may find ourselves a spot on the shore to watch the main event and I think tomorrow, when the crowds are gone and the Easter weekend is over, our quiet spot on the beach, under the coconut palms will be an ideal place to take stock and enjoy a tranquil day away from paints and laptops!

Nickola

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Wow, where to begin with this update?

I posted a short time ago about the Million Dollar Race and am happy to say that I have managed to finish at least half of the paintings I hope to exhibit. I’ve not posted any images here yet as I don’t wish to prejudice the pre-show publicity that the gallery are spending a great deal of effort on – thanks Morgan Gallery! I am contributing pieces in a wide variety of styles and sizes, including abstracts, semi-abstracts and representational – for both my loyal readers and my own satisfaction I am allowing myself the indulgence of showing you one painting today…..as yet untitled, this is a monochrome acrylic on canvas

Million Dollar Race Grand Cayman

The show is fast approaching and I still have much to do, but I’m confident now that the paintings will all be finished in time.

Other projects on the horizon are many and varied. I have been commissioned by a private buyer to produce a painting of old Cayman in a similar vein to the Bygone Cayman Series, but on a larger scale – I need to have the picture finished within the next three weeks so the pressure is on for that job! Work has commenced, and so far it’s going well.

The competitions and exhibitions are coming thick and fast too. The McCoy Prize is only just around the corner and after a lay off of a couple of years, I would really like to win the award again….at the moment I am thinking of entering a sculpture and have purchased most of the materials I am going to need – the idea is rooted firmly in my head, all that remains is the execution! (more…)

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I have had to modify my feed address and am asking all my wonderful subscribers to please amend your feeds either by using the Add Me button in the sidebar of my blog or by using the following new url:-

http://feeds.feedburner.com/pheedo/WfpR

Thank you everyone and apologies for the hassle.

Nickola

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The Million  Dollar Race is on! $100 in FREE Links

This Easter holidays sees the return  of one of Cayman’s most exciting sporting events, but my race begins much sooner. Having been asked to exhibit some pieces for the big day, I have been giving a lot of thought to exactly what I should do for the show. The trouble is I’ve been thinking about it for a tad too long and now my own race is on to get things done in time! I am intending to  produce 6 to 8 paintings and received an email this morning asking for some images for the pre-event publicity – gulp.

There is nothing like a challenge is there? I have until the end of the week so I’m pretty confident it’s a challenge I can rise to and I’m quite excited about the paintings.  Watch this space for how things come along, although the blog may have to take a back seat for a few days.

The event kicks off on Easter weekend, April 13 and you can find out more at the MDR Official Website and a list of a host of other upcoming events on the islands can be found at Caribbean.com

I noticed that my blog was looking a bit bare on the picture front so to end this short posting I’m giving readers a rare glimpse of me at work, with one of my recent pictures titled “Icarus”.  

The Artist Pauses In Her Work

Well, wish me luck, I’m off to try and meet the challenge 🙂

Until next time – Nickola
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I found this painting in my archives the other day, which was a bit of a puzzle as I didn’t recall painting it, and I don’t use watercolours! 

Cayman Streets

I thought perhaps it was an image someone had downloaded from the web in the dim and distant past, maybe I had even done it myself. It was so very familiar though……..when I mentioned it to my husband he grinned and came over all mischevious. After having his fun he finally fessed up that he was the one responsible – I was surprised to say the least as he is not the painting kind and how on earth could he have found the time to produce a painting without me knowing a thing about it?

The answer is obvious of course……Photoshop, the perverter of so many images. He’d been fooling around with his image editing software and left this picture for me to find! OK, so it’s a phony, but I thought he did a pretty good job, and it serves as a reminder that faking things in this digital age is a very simple process, and what you see is definitely not always what you get.

Some things do  have a beneficial side though…..I can take advantage of his snap happy nature  and refer to his photographs for ideas and inspiration in my own field. I don’t think we’ll tell him that though eh? He did say that it was OK for me to use the following picture which is one of his favourite bits of foolishness – I have to admit that I like it too.

Boys Will Be Boys

Until next time.

Nickola
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In recent weeks The Morgan Gallery has featured heavily in my posts and I thought it about time to dedicate a little more space to their business on these pages.

The gallery is owned and run by Geraldine Morgan and her husband Steve Byars and is situated in the Galleria Plaza on Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman. They established the premises post Hurricane Ivan, having moved to the island in August 2004.  The gallery was soon attracting attention and was featured in the CayCompass in August 2005  which was around the time I was leaving the island for my extended stay in the UK.

Concentrating very much on fine art, the gallery space is very clean and bright and it strikes you when you walk through its doors that the one thing it lacks is the sense of intimidation that often accompanies high end galleries. Its doors are open to everyone who cares to step inside and view the artworks on display, and the floor to ceiling glass frontage encourages you to look inside and see what is going on. The relaxed atmosphere is further enhanced by Geraldine and Steve who welcome visitors with a friendly and professional approach – both are knowledgeable about the art and the artists they represent – they will freely discuss the exhibits and answer questions with a confidence and insight which is refreshing, and their love of art is very evident in their conversation.

Geraldine is passionate about both the business and the art she sells, and although initially the focus of their efforts was to bring fine art from Europe across the Atlantic and into Cayman, they have also embraced many of the local artists; as can be seen from their website. Their involvement and willingness to nurture local talent has been hugely beneficial for the local art community, and has enabled Caymanian artists to experience the pleasure of seeing their work displayed side by side with some well established European talents.

Currently the gallery has work by several local painters – my good friend and fellow Native Sons member Randy Chollette  is enjoying a successful working relationship with the gallery, as is another Native Son, Gordon Solomon. To list all of them here would be a little too much but you can find the current roster of talent at the gallery’s artist pages.

In addition to their exhibits at the gallery several of the artists have an online presence of their own. You can view the work of local artists Avril Ward and April Bending online, and Scottish painter Ian Elliot , also boasts his own website.

Since my return to the island I have been pleased to work with Geraldine and Steve, having granted them exclusive rights as the only private gallery selling my work on the island during my time abroad. I am delighted that since coming back to Cayman, my dealings with them have been mutually beneficial and my decision to continue the association has left me with no regrets.

In addition to selling original works, they have now expanded their business and made the invaluable service of giclee printing available to the artists who are interested in producing and selling high quality reproductions. This is a really excellent service which not only provides an additional income stream for both artist and gallery but also means that buyers who would like to own their own slice of fine art, have every opportunity to do so, even if the original piece is no longer available. Because the gallery produce all reproductions in-house, quality control is first class, and artists will often hand finish prints to ensure the best finish for a buyer’s money – giclees are normally hand signed by the artist too.

If you are planning to visit the islands and love to see fine art, a visit to the Morgan Gallery should be high on your list, and if you are a business looking for art for your premises, or a resident seeking something just that little bit special for your home, why not see what they can do for you? All the artists represented will consider commissions, and all can be contacted via the gallery, so even if that special piece is not on display at the time of your visit, you may still secure that much coveted and dreamed about unique slice of fine art.

All the contact details for Geraldine Morgan are available on the website.

(I was watching an interview on local television before I sat down to write this – April Bending was talking about her work on a local arts and culture programme and to my shock and surprise some of my paintings were nicely displayed over her shoulder – some filming had obviously taken place in the gallery and I was delighted to receive such free publicity 😉 I shall leave my scribblings on that note and sign off for now with a small painting I recently completed called “Catboats and Fishpots”. 

Please do leave your comments on the blog…………….my plea is a genuine one as although I’m seeing a lot of visitors my comment count has gone way way down andthe interraction is one of the things that make blogging fun!

Catboats and Fishpots

Until next time……….Nickola 

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At the end of another busy week I’ve managed to find time to sit and bring you up to date on a few more Grand Cayman happenings! 

First off, there is a new Cayman Blog on the block…..it’s in its early days but please pop over and visit Island Cowboy at his new blogger home -seems as though it will be a mixture of all kinds Cayman related chatter through the eyes of an ex pat. Could be interesting and there are always some nice island pictures to view.

Another bit of good news for me since returning home has been my first sale (of an original painting). I painted Mall Rats whilst in England and had already sold a similar styled work to a customer in Arizona. Since then Mall Rats has lived above our bed in the apartment in Helston. I picked it up on impulse last week and took it to show Geraldine at the Morgan Gallery – apparently a friend of hers saw it, fell in love with it, and bought it! It was one of those unexpected quick sales, because although I have always liked the painting, I didn’t really see it as a hot prospect in the gallery market place. Nonetheless I am glad it has found a new home and hope that the owners will derive much pleasure from it. Here it is in all its glory!

Mall Rats - Nickola McCoy

Since the whimsical “Bygone Cayman” series went on public display there have been a number of comments and they seem to have been well received even though a number of people have been shocked by such a departure from my recognized work. I feel it’s good to shake things up now and again and although the  paintings may not be to some people’s taste, they do represent another step in my personal life and do hold a lot of meaning for me. The expected criticism (i.e that they are blatantly commercial) has not been voiced to me although I have no doubt that some folks will view them in that light. As I write this I have received a mail advising that”Rush Hour” has just been sold by the gallery – commercialism? Maybe, but a girl and her family have to eat and I hope that this painting too will bring endless pleasure to its new owner.  This is one of the works being made available as a high quality giclee so, in a sense, it is not gone forever!

Rush Hour

The six paintings were displayed recently at the Celebration of Art, an annual festival, held in aid of the National Gallery, this year at Pageant Beach, alongside the Wharf Restaurant. Although none of my work was sold at the event, I do have the prospect of a new commission from someone interested in a similar style of work on a larger scale. All in all it’s been a successful week workwise and, I hope, a sign of more good things to come.

Thanks to everyone who has stuck with me at the Arteccentrix blog through a long period of inactivity and also to everyone who has sent me their kind words both in comments and emails.

Nickola

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