Sunday morning is normally the day of choice for us to change out our revolving exhibition at Air Kenya. We prepare everything in advance,including all the price tags and load the pick-up at 6.45am. I find that if I leave Rosslyn by 7am on a Sunday it only takes 25 minutes to do what can be a two to three hour trip to Wilson Airport on a week day. We can then re-hang the show and be back in time to open the gallery at Lone Tree by 11am. Last Sunday was the day!
Almost everyone who has visited One Off's Loft space in the last few months has been amazed at the extent of our stock which is squashed into such a small area. Things came to a head with the mounting of Sophie Walbeoffe's show, which is our current exhibition. We needed more space and with a week to play with, we decided that the tack room was a perfect intimate space for Sophie's smaller works. We called in a shop fitter, a painter and an electrician and voila, a week later, the annex was born!
I hope you will come and see for yourselves. So far our new space has been warmly received and plans are well advanced to make a much bigger extension to the available hanging space. We'll keep you updated.
Peter Elungat and Olivia Pendergast's exhibition opened on Sunday 31st August to a highly appreciative audience.
Many of the artist's peers attended, including some of Kenya's biggest names; Richard Kimathi, Anthony Okello, Kamal Shah, Bertiers, Peter Ngugi, Shabu Mwangi, Yassir Ali, Florence Wangui, Maggie Otieno, Dale Webster, John Kamicha and Thom Ogonga. We were also exceptionally honoured to enjoy the company of the Canadian High Commissioner to Kenya, HE David Angell.
As curator of a Fine Art Gallery for almost 21 years, I've met some highly original people and found myself in some unusual situations. I hope you enjoy my day to day adventures of running One Off Gallery in Nairobi, Kenya.