I Love Local Shops: Ellerington Fine Art Gallery in Clarendon Park Road
A newsagents has been transformed into an art gallery showcasing the work of dozens of local artists.
Artist Louise Ellerington opened Ellerington Fine Art Gallery in Clarendon Park Road just over a week ago.
Filled with the work of 35 artists, their work is on sale and Louise intends to start selling local crafts and gifts.
"Opening a gallery was never part of my grand plan – it just sort of happened and I ended up buying the shop – but I am enjoying it so far," said the 49-year-old, who has been creating her own artwork for more than 30 years.
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"I think it is really important to support local artists, whether they be students or established."
She is supporting the Mercury's I Love Local Shops campaign, which aims to shout about the best traders in the city and county.
Her opening exhibition is called Beauty and Ruin and the interpretations are varied – from enormous oil paintings, to photographs to metalwork sculptures.
"I put the call out and people responded," she said. "The prices range from £55 for work by a 17-year-old student, to £1,500 for one of the oil paintings."
Louise runs the gallery with a passion for helping fellow artists and those interested in purchasing art, regardless of the varying costs.
"My philosophy is art should be affordable to everyone, so people can pay in installments – whether that be £100 a week to £15 a month, it is arranged on an individual basis.
"Also, the artists at the moment pay a £5 admin fee to hire a panel in the gallery – a pretty small amount really. Then there is a commission, but again it is pretty small.
"I obviously need to survive but I'm aware of what it feels for someone to take 40 or 45 per cent of your work as they more often do at a gallery.
"It means you have to put your prices right up."
One of the artists currently showcasing her work at the gallery is Sian Oleary, from the Clarendon Park area.
An oil painting by the 59-year-old called Gabriel is up for sale.
"It is a man who had a really interesting life, and you can see in his face he has had lots of experiences and fun, but he is past his sell by date," she said.
"I think the gallery is a great idea."
As well as selling work, cards and eventually gifts, Louise creates her own work in the shop.
"I'm working downstairs in the gallery," she said. "I will get used to it and get an easel set up in the window, so people will be able to come to the gallery and also see me – and hopefully other artists – working."
The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday, from 10.30am until 5.30pm, closed between 1pm and 2pm.