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Ope' n' studios

Ope' n' studios

An eye-catching collection of work is cluttering the hallways of the gallery at the moment waiting to be hung, as our resident artists get ready for Open Studios Cornwall on the 29th August. One particular exclusive collection by Dave Pentin will be on show in the first-floor event space. A stunning series of seven images, Dave has been working hard to turn his long term fascination with the local passageways - Ope's - into a series of paintings specifically for the event.  Although found throughout the South-West, the word Ope is featured in the Cornish dictionary, as meaning an alley (between buildings). In Cornwall, Ope's typically sprung up in between workshops and houses...

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A little help to make our business succeed...

A little help to make our business succeed...

It’s so lovely being part of a small community. And we are super lucky to be not only a part of a physical community in Penryn but also a few virtual online communities. The support we have received, particularly from fellow artists has been outstanding and little by little the word is spreading about what we do and where we are. In little over seven months, we have nearly reached a thousand followers on Instagram, almost four hundred followers on Facebook and just over a hundred followers on Twitter. It’s thanks to the great team behind us that our social...

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It’s strange how a business evolves

It’s strange how a business evolves

It’s strange how a business evolves. When we opened the gallery, we knew we needed an online presence, not only for a place of contact but also because art sales through a web portal can significantly boost any business. However, we never anticipated that our online offering would be our sole source of sales and our biggest marketing tool. Now it seems our choice of website structure was invaluable. We had never used Shopify to build a website before. But after some substantial research, we decided that the clean relatively easy to adapt software was begrudgingly worth the $29 basic monthly...

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Supporting the makers

Supporting the makers

One of the lovely aspects of opening the gallery has been all the heartfelt support we have received from other artists and makers in the area. It has made us realise how lucky we are to be a part of an amazing creative community and how integral it is to our nature. Fifteen years ago, we escaped our nine-to-five existence to live in the Alps. The area was a playground for sports enthusiasts, a paradise for nature buffs and rich in heritage for culture lovers. But artistically it was a vacuum. We started to paint and sketch again during the art...

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Three was a magic number

Three was a magic number

We caused a bit of confusion this week with our three opening events. Our hectic and bewildering schedule wasn't an excuse to party for three nights solidly, it was all part of a cunning plan to take into account the size of the gallery, the number of people we had invited, and numerology. The theory of three defines rules in science, interior design and speechwriting. It is used to structure plays, TV series and film scripts, and often defines a group of good-humoured comrades in dramas. Think Harry Potter, Charlies Angels, the Three Amigos etc. This week our own talented trio of...

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