Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Jay's Morning Room

This is Jay Farnsworth of Red Art Gallery, my Fairy Godmother, preparing for a painting show opening night starting in 90 minutes, in the tiny kitchen of "The Morning Room" tea room, (working title), in the corner of her gallery.

There have been a fair few galleries I liked in my life, but never as much as this one, and Jay is the first gallery owner I've gotten to know. While I was a student, I loved reading biographies of artists and writers, and was fascinated by their relationship with their agents and publishers. Fascinated, but never really understood, until I got to know Jay. She seems to know what I'm trying to say before I know what I'm thinking; she's sympathetic and empathetic, and has a great sense of humor. And she's a perfectionist and self-confessed control freak. What's not to love!!

I had to go in this morning to swap a sample yarn pack on one cashmere scarf: neither of us noticed that for the last month and a half, a lime-green scarf had yarn samples of brick-red yarns stuck on it.

(JB, Jay was aiming for mid/late March, but the Council told her the lino flooring needs to be installed by someone licensed to install linos in commercial buildings, so there's a five-week wait, but she's still negotiating the timing.)

8 comments:

  1. "The Morning Room"?

    She should call it

    "fiRED up" or "RoastED" or something like that.

    And tell Jay I've got copyright on "REDtrospective"

    But she can use it for free...

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  2. Just now I thought I'm disappointed there's not going to be a couch, but the space probably won't allow it... We were talking what magazines she might have, too, so she'd love to hear your suggestions, I'm sure.

    I wonder if she'll have the Dom Post - that's usually my deal breaker, but in Jay's case, I'll go there even without it.

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  3. "inspiRED" would be a good one, too.

    Not sure about the mags. Some heavy duty overseas art ones would be good. I mean, everyone's got Cuisine/NZHG/Metro/N&S.
    How about some architectural ones on loan from Arthouse, which is right above the cafe?

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  4. It's not going to be like Diagnostics Lab or a dentist's office, JB, so probably (but it's of course up to her) not the four you mentioned, but architectural ones sound good. I'm personally thinking "Wooden Boats", too - just a few issues - that's one beautiful magazine. As well as Ornament (US) and Craft Arts International (Oz, I think.) I wouldn't mind Dish personally, but that's probably not Red.

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  5. I love the story of the incidence with the brick-red yarn. Who knows how many peoples are still guessing about the reason for it? Probaly didn't dare to enquire about the "Why?". ;-)
    I'd love to have a kitchen with such a wide counter, I see myself serving tea to friends while cooking and chatting.

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  6. Oh, Merisi, I never thought of that! People who handled it might have noticed!! How embarrassing for me, and how puzzling for them! This is kind of fun.

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  7. While standing in the supermarket queue or doctors waiting room look on page 90 of March issue of NZ House and Garden - some rather nice mohair blankets from an artist who actually lives at Waihi Beach.
    Dianne

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  8. I saw that photo! I recognized the beach. But I was in a rush - I hadn't even realized it had anything to do with textiles. I just recognized the pa at the end of the beach. Must try again on this week's grocery trip!

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