Suddenly re-opening seems to be an imminent possibility and we are taking steps to see how we can do so safely, both for our customers and for us. We are ordering a perspex screen for the desk. Hand sanitiser will be in plentiful supply, and anti bacterial wipes for frequent cleaning of sufaces. We are looking at changing the layout to open up more floor space and create a one way system around the gallery. There will be restricted access, particularly to the card shop area and we would like visitors to wear a face covering for the protection of other customers and to avoid coughs or sneezes over the artwork!
A new volunteer, James, will be joining us to help make all this work.
It may take some time for the gallery and all Yarmouth's small traders to get through to self sufficiency and we hope very much that local support will be strong until our mainland visitors can safely return.
One thing is certain, we will not re-open until we are sure it is sensible to do so.
After days of mentally adjusting to the challenge of the weeks ahead I feel a certain sense of relief settling in, not that any of this has gone away, rather just that there is nothing to be done but to see it through: now we have done all we can to prepare for the worst we can concentrate on hoping for the best and look forward to re-emergence
So - we had planned an exhibition by guest artist Frans Wesselman in August. You may know Wesselman's paintings, etchings and stained glass, if not first hand then maybe from his brilliant series of greetings cards from Mistletoe House which we stock at YG. We have postponed the exhibition for now but I thought I might post one of his delightful woodcut prints, and two of my favourite cards from an etching and an oil painting by Wesselman - just as a taster of what is to come.
We have Angela Harding's latest Advent Calendar in stock and just 3 days to go before the first window will be opened and the countdown to Christmas begins.
We are open every day 10 - and 11-4 Sundays. We also have some beautiful Christmas and Winter cards.
Friends or relatives visiting the IW for the New Year Weekend? Don't forget to bring them to Yarmouth Gallery, we have many beautiful pieces of original sculpture, paintings, ceramics, prints, jewellery and textiles (cosy scarves and luxurious velvet devore) to be seen and we are now going to be open on New Year's Day as well. You will find us in the High Street, Yarmouth.
We are still open! Despite the sinkhole that has closed Yarmouth High Street, the gallery is still open to pedestrians and we have some great work on show as well as a brilliant selection of cards and prints. All the other lovely independent shops in the High Street are also still open and we would love everyone to visit, please.
Well, at last I have our new website ready to launch! Hope you have a moment to take a look. There are bound to be a few glitches, and of course we will be adding to it over the weeks to come (I would like show artwork from all our exhibitors and add more information). Mean time, your feedback would be very helpful. I would also like to wish everyone a happy and peaceful New Year, one that proves kinder, more positive and outward looking than last year often felt. The image is my photograph of the Mill Creek, on the River at Yarmouth. Such a still and peaceful day.