Picture this: It’s 7.45am on a chilly Thursday morning in Beaconsfield. The sun is out, the birds are chirping, and the town is as peaceful as could be. Then all of a sudden the tranquillity of the morning is disrupted by a van, making it’s way slowly but surely up the road. And is that a voice you can hear coming from the inside, with shouts of ‘BRAKING!’, ‘NEARLY THERE!’ and ‘BUMP!’….
Far from being the beginning of a thrilling story, this is exactly the scene that took place for the Eye Like team on Thursday 16th October as we made our way to the Grand Autumn Fair. This annual event was held at Hall Barn in Beaconsfield, and raises funds in aid of Action Medical Research.
Saro the expert driver had no option but to use a van as her choice of vehicle -owing to the sheer amount of pieces and display units that we needed to take to the fair – resulting in me being the lucky person holding the pieces in place at the back of the van. So armed with a cushion to sit on, I embarked on the journey in high spirits. That is, until, the lights went off in the back leaving me in the pitch black with only my phone torch as salvation! Fifteen minutes and many shouts from the front of the van later, we arrived at Hall Barn. And gosh, I’ve never been so glad to see daylight!
I’m happy to say that the fair itself was nowhere near as eventful as the journey there, and my brief venture in extreme van sports was an experience made worthwhile by the success of the day. The weather was clearly on our side as the sun was shining throughout the day, and this meant that there was a terrific turnout, with people streaming in continuously through the day. Resident dog Brody made an appearance too (the tart that he is), even if he did get a few stares from the on looking stallholders…
Overall the response from the public was fantastic - many people came over to our stall unaware that Eye Like existed, but left with smiles on their faces with the knowledge that contemporary art is available within the confines of the Beaconsfield bubble!
So although tired and a bit bleary-eyed at the end of the day, Eye Like can definitely say that our Grand Autumn Fair experience was a positive one; not only did we raise well-deserved funds for Action Medical Research, but we too raised massive awareness of the gallery. And more importantly, Saro and I had a brilliant time whilst ‘on tour’, from chatting to other stallholders to introducing ourselves to residents of Beaconsfield who were yet to hear about us. The change in atmosphere by going on the road is an event that we hope to repeat, but I’ll have to leave you in suspense until our next venture away from the gallery. Could we be seeing the The Van: Part Two? (Hint: Saro may not be the one driving!)
Sitting in the Eye Like gallery this afternoon, looking around at all our fab new artwork, it hit me like a brick wall that our resident dog Brody has never been formally introduced to our lovely readers!
I'd say it's no exaggeration that our pampered pooch has become one of the attractions of Beaconsfield, famous (or infamous) in more ways than one. For those of you that regularly walk past the gallery, the image of Brody looking out of the window and watching the world go by will not be an unfamiliar sight. Indeed, he sometimes lies on the doormat waiting for an unsuspecting customer to walk by (blocking their entrance may I add, thanks Brody!) and begins his charm, by which I mean he rolls onto his back expectant of a tummy rub, and brings out the puppy dog eyes.
However, be warned of his innocence you might be fooled into. We may have to install Brody cams or watchdogs (no pun intended) throughout the town, due to his recent cheeky escapades. Just a couple of weeks ago, he managed to escape from the clutches of the gallery when our backs were turned for only a few moments. We subsequently received a call telling us Brody's new location - Laithwaites across the road! The little monkey had decided that enough was enough, if he wasn't going to be taken home for his post lunch nap, then he would take himself there!
Minutes later I arrived at Laithwaites to see Brody waiting expectantly by the door, looking a little peaky but still rather pleased at his latest conquest. Luckily we were able to see the humorous side of our cheeky chaps escape, with the sight of him waiting patiently (armed with a toy in his mouth) too funny for me to stifle a giggle. A big shout out though goes to Dan, the knight in shining armour, as without his quick witted and kind rescue this tale may not have had the same happy ending.
So look out for Brody in the gallery or out and about in Beaconsfield... a dog's a friend for life, so if he likes you, we do too!
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