Gallery open after just two months of renovations

Gift section at Gallery 45
Gift section at Gallery 45

A gallery which has been created in a former Felton pub has opened just two months after renovations started.

Gallery 45 has taken over the Stag’s Head premises on Main Street and created a community hub for art, artists and visitors to enjoy.

Owners Jane Mills and Mary Mewett took the building on in September, with bottles and pumps still on the bar.

Fast forward two months and major renovations have taken place with the downstairs now comprising a gallery and exhibition space, a snug seating area with log fire and a gift-shop area, which also has artwork on display.

Most of the items on sale are made by craftsmen and women, including leather goods, woolen items, jewellery and more.

The gallery will also provide studio space for artists with Renira Barnes, from Felton, ready to take up residence soon.

At present, eight artists are exhibiting at the gallery – Jane Murray, Malcolm Dobbins, Jina Gelder, Jo Hume, Judi Rutherford, Jacqueline Quinn Michelle Wood and Richard Dobson.

Jane Mills said: “Our opening was even better than we could have expected; after all the blood, sweat and tears shed, it was wonderful to be surrounded by our friends and family and to really enjoy the end result.

“We are truly thankful for the very many people who pulled together and came along to help in the final week and I really don’t think we would have been fully ready without them.

“There is still much hard work to do but at least the building is at a stage where we can welcome everyone and look forward to hosting workshops in the weeks and months ahead.”

Mary added: “We are keen to ensure that regional creative talent is both supported and accesible for everyone in the community and it’s hoped that in the future Gallery 45 will be able to provide further workspace for enterprising creative ventures.”

Jane and Mary decided to go into business together as they wanted to create a space for local artists who were having to travel far and wide to get their work noticed.

There is still work to do at the gallery with more space for exhibits and workshops to be provided at a later date.

Gallery 45 is open Tuesday to Saturday 9am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm, closed on Mondays.