‘Great success’ for gallery

The Bakehouse Gallery's Fiona Stanley, left, and Francesca Simpson.
The Bakehouse Gallery's Fiona Stanley, left, and Francesca Simpson.

The first featured exhibition at a north Northumberland art gallery has been hailed as a great success.

That was how Fiona Stanley, from the Bakehouse Gallery and Gift Shop, described how their exhibition, featuring Hipsburn artist Francesca Simpson, had been received.

Francesca was the first artist chosen by the gallery, which will be showing the work of other, mainly northern, artists in the coming months.

The Alnwick venue reopened in July after owner Fiona teamed up with the Samphire Bay business partners, Helen Holden and Julia Wilson.

It offers a range of original and affordable artwork, home accessories and crafts, including Northumbrian handmade gifts such as screen-printed wall art, cushions and stationery through to fusion jewellery designed by Fiona Dane.

Fiona said:, “We believed we would further the appeal of the gallery by featuring the work of such an outstanding artist like Francesca, but the response has far exceeded our expectations and we are grateful to the Gazette for the coverage they have given us.

“Some of our customers have said they hadn’t realised we had reopened until they saw it in the newspaper.”

And talking about further exhibitions with other featured artists, Fiona added: “We are in discussions with a umber of people and we are aiming to have a further artist exhibiting their work in the spring.”

Francesca, who became a full-time artist after winning a competition organised in conjunction with the Gazette to find the poster image for the 2012 Alnmouth Arts Festival, said, “I was really looking forward to putting on an exhibition close to my home which has provided much of the inspiration for my work, and the response from the public has been fantastic. The exhibition has been a great success.”