The exhibition has been and gone. The first one for Cowbyre Online. Lot of preparation and an early start (5.00am). Wasn't worth it. The proprietors and Artists have learnt a lesson. The venue was totally wrong. I thought that the exhibition was being held in a converted cow barn. It wasn't; it was in a working cowbarn - very poor lighting. There were animals in there in the week. It was in a big complex housing a farmers' market, an auction house, and animal pens. There was a good footfall, but it was entirely made up of people looking for a bargain. They wandered through the artwork between buying bulk cuts of meat and bidding on house clearance content. That was the mind set. I heard one man 'harumph' over the cost of a realistically priced painting. They just weren't the sort of people prepared to pay for what was being offered. I felt sorry for the lady running it. It wasn't her fault but she felt so guilty taking our entry payments for a venue so unlikely to produce a sale (there were only two cheap prints sold all day and there was some good stuff there). It's a young enterprise and it takes time to build up a customer base and reputation. On a brighter note a gallery owner asked me for my business card. The next one for Cowbyre is in Thornton le Dale - good tourist town - so should be better. In the mean time there are quite a few more to try for. No-one said it would be easy!