Did you know that it is "Small Business Saturday" tomorrow?
This nationwide campaign aims to support, promote and inspire small businesses on the first Saturday in December and beyond.
We would like to ask you to support our small business as well as all those run by the artists and craftspeople whose work we showcase at the Gallery.
Each of our 200-odd artists and makers is a small business offering unique products, whether that's sculpture, paintings, jewellery, glass, ceramics or textiles.
And as many of these independent businesses are based here in Sussex, remember that when you spend local, it stays local!
So come and support small businesses whilst you do your Christmas shopping. We have masses of free parking right outside and inside, we will be offering mince pies and other treats all day, 10.30am until 4.00pm.
And if you can't make it tomorrow, we will be open on Sundays throughout December from midday until 4.00pm.
What a lot has happened since our blog entry last month by Hollie after her work experience here...
Firstly, as part of the World's Biggest Coffee Morning, we held our third annual Macmillan Coffee Morning with lashings of homemade cakes, coffee and tea.
Philippa from Lavender Bazaar once again very kindly lent us her gorgeous vintage china. Thank you again, Philippa.
For the first time we also had a table of items available in exchange for a donation to Macmillan.
Alongside some of our ends of lines and Christmas decorations there were some lovely donations from our artists and makers, such as jewllery, pottery, lavender hearts and other textiles.
The table is still in the Gallery and the donations have continued to roll in, so watch this space for the soon-to-be-announced final total.
Then a week later we rolled up our sleeves to set up for our final exhibition of the year, "Stitched Up".
With work by Jo Butcher, Victoria Coleman, Holly Dale, Ros Lymer, Suzanne Sanders and Kate Tulett, the gallery is bursting at the seams with beguiling and bewitching stitchery!
Customers, friends and family enjoyed drinks and nibbles at the launch party as they admired the colourful work on display.
Suzanne Sanders and Ros Lymer popped in to see their work....
Four days, with three lovely ladies, in a beautiful country setting makes work experience not just an opportunity but a lovely way to spend my time. The Green Tree Gallery is not only a creative hub for local artists but it is a demonstration of what hard working staff can accomplish. Every stitch, paint stroke, pearl earring, invoice and advertisement is done with care and consideration from the staff for their artists and customers.
The gallery's tranquil setting reflects the comfortable relaxed style of the gallery. The work is presented in a way that customers can envision the work in their homes. But I wouldn't let this relaxed atmosphere fool you... The Green Tree Gallery should be recognised for organisation - whether that be the organisation of their stock, their payments to artists or the regularity of their social media updates. In my four days here, I have witnessed this organisation first hand. I admire the staff's want to restock the gallery constantly to keep their regular customers interested. I admire the way they take the artist's new work in regularly to help build a strong artist-gallery relationship. And finally I admire how hard the staff work in the gallery's best interest.
I'd like to thank Jill, Victoria and Sam for all being lovely to work with. This opportunity they have given me has taught me the art of display, the organisation in management, the business side of art and the love these ladies have for their local gallery. I appreciate their time immensely because without their time I would not have learnt what I have in these past four days.
Thank you for what has been a lovely week of my summer, I hope to spend some more time working with the gallery in the future.
Love Hollie x
What could be more fitting during Henley Week than the story of one of our exhibition artists and former Great Britain Olympic rower Annabel Eyres!
Annabel studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art and Pembroke College, Oxford University, where she learned to row. She competed in competed in the Women's Boat Race against Cambridge and went on to row for Great Britain, competing in the Double Scull at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992.
To fund her international rowing career, Annabel designed and sold souvenir T-shirts for major rowing events, starting with Henley Women's Regatta in 1989. She set up rowing clothing and gifts company Rock the Boat, which still sells her designs.
In addition to raising a family over the past decade, Annabel has returned to painting and illustration work as well as teaching art part time at Radley College.
"My latest work combines my interest in rivers, sport and rowing in the form of River Maps," says Annabel.
"The Head of the River Race Bridges"
The other artists taking part in "At the Water's Edge" are Debbie Bowler, Irene Burns, Pauline Findlay, Min Maude, Zed Talijan and Morag Warrack.
The exhibition continues until 15th August.
Here we go again! Christmas celebrations are a dim and distant memory, some of our New Year's resolutions are still just about intact and our Annual Art Sale is half way through.
Our artists and makers have been very generous. Taking the opportunity to clear out their studios for the New year, they have put a veritable treasure trove of work into the Sale, all at greatly reduced prices.
The good news is, there are still bargains to be had, even after a fortnight of brisk trading!
In fact, Jaime Etherington dropped off six new paintings this week after seven of his had sold in the first couple of days.
And don't forget, that in addition to the art, we have a selection of Christmas decorations, all at half price.
... to the blog~banter of The Green Tree Gallery! We are a blissful barnful of art and craft treasures located at Borde Hill Garden, Sussex. Bedecked in wooden beams, accidental home to creatures winged and whiskered, and run by a gaggle of gallery gals, the Green Tree is as warm and friendly as a steaming crumble - come along and taste!