New Mills artist co-operative is picture perfect

The Gallery, New Mills, Matthew Simon, Maggie Preston and Matt Astle
The Gallery, New Mills, Matthew Simon, Maggie Preston and Matt Astle
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Talented local artists and designers will stand back and admire the fruits of their labours this weekend when a community-run gallery in New Mills celebrates a milestone.

The Gallery on High Street was formed last November by a co-operative of around 30 creative local people as a way of showcasing their skills.

The artist-led, not-for-profit collective boasts a range of distinctive items, all handcrafted by the artists and designers who run and staff the gallery themselves.

And to celebrate its first anniversary this Saturday, The Gallery will be holding an open day between 10am and 4pm, when members of the collective will be demonstrating skills such as silk painting, stained glasswork and wood carving.

Hilary Morel, who creates beautiful and unusual jewellery, explained: “All the designers and artists who exhibit in The Gallery also work there, and it’s really interesting to meet people from New Mills, and further afield, and discuss our work with them.”

The Gallery features an amazing selection of artwork, including watercolours, oils and pastels, as well as photography, contemporary jewellery, ceramics, stained glass, hand-made textiles and hand-carved wood.

Maz Simon, who trained as an engineer before embarking on a career in woodwork, added: “The Gallery has provided me with an excellent showcase, and I’ve gained several commissions as a result.

“I listen carefully to what people want, and then create a unique piece for them.”

The Gallery is open every day between 10am and 4pm, except Wednesday and Sunday.

You can also follow The Gallery on Facebook at www.facebook/ or on Twitter.