So the reopening of The Frontroom had finally rolled around. We had invited Dublin born and Cambridge based artist, printmaker and genuinely lovely person Jim Butler to reopen The Frontroom. We had planned a PV on the Friday and in conjunction with the Mill Road Winter Fair a meet the artist event on the Saturday. Steak and Honour arrived and warmed up the grills, work was hung and beer was chilled. We were ready with a beer in our hand at 4.57pm for a 5pm start.
People started arriving and soon the studio was bursting at the seams with practising artists, art students, interested neighbours and clients. As people enjoyed the art there was clearly an aspect, which The Frontroom has long had, of people just wanting to chat to like and unlike minded people over a beer. As well as connect with fellow creatives.
Taking inspiration from the inner and outer workings and aesthetics of the studio Jim had drawn with ink and collage to create the beautiful and perceptive collection ‘On Sight’. He has also had us unwittingly sit for him.
The evening, and indeed the following day, was an amazing celebration of Jim’s work and of the appetite of the creative people of Cambridge for beers, burgers and good art (please DM if you can think of a suitable B). We look forward to the next show – details to follow.