Not Long Now… Hopefully!

It is now day 58 since we had to close the doors of our beloved gallery and if Boris has got everything spot on… hopefully it won’t be long before we are able to reopen to the public… yippee! According to the Government guidelines, non essential retail (that’s us!) should be able to open their doors again on 1st June. We will, of course, update you should this change.

We have been hard at work during this downtime making sure that the gallery is ready for the ‘new normal’ way of shopping…

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Hand Sanitising Station… CHECK
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Covid protection screen and floor markings… CHECK

There will be plenty of signage to make sure we all obey the social distancing advice and we will be operating a ‘one in one out’ policy to ensure there is minimal contact in the relatively confined space that we have.

We are so looking forward to getting back down to the Tithebarn Workshops again and seeing all our friends and customers. It won’t be the same, but we are confident that things will get back to a sort of normal before too long… although it was never particularly normal down there anyway!!

In addition to reopening we will also be offering some new services to help our customers. The first of these will be a local collection and delivery service for our printing customers who are having to self isolate longer due to health conditions or age. We know how many of you have been creating wonderful artworks during the enforced lockdown… so we will be able to collect the artwork from your home… scan and print your card order at the gallery… and return the completed order safely to you.

Serena is will also be starting a portrait commission service. All she will need is a good quality photograph of you or your loved one and she will produce an oil painting portrait for you.

If you would like more information on any of the services mentioned please feel free to contact us at any time.

Hope to see you all soon.

Mike & Serena

SerenArts Gallery – Week 3

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Well… that’s the end of the third week of our gallery being closed. What should have been a bustling Bank Holiday at the Tithebarn Workshops is just another lockdown day at home.

Like most people during this time we have tried to keep our minds as active as we can and we wanted to thank Chris Bryett and everyone at Wadworths Brewery for the excellent, online pub quiz last night. Our son Jake, who is head chef at the George in Norton St Philip put us on to it. The family gathered on Skype and we had a fantastic evening. The quiz was run in support the Trussell Trust Organisation, so hopefully lots of money was raised as well as bringing together and cheering up some isolated people.

Hopefully, in the coming week, we will get a little more news on when things might start getting back to normal… but until then… stay safe and stay happy.

Mike & Serena

SerenArts Gallery Update…

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Happier times

Well… we are now entering the third week of closure and it certainly doesn’t feel any less strange. In the 11 and a half years of being at the Tithebarn Workshops we have only ever been closed for one week at a time!

Serena and I are certainly missing our lovely gallery, our fellow workshop owners and our wonderful customers. We do, however, appreciate how lucky we are compared to many others who are in far more difficult circumstances and want to take this opportunity to say another huge THANK YOU to all the NHS staff and indeed all key workers during this crisis. Your sacrifice and selfless dedication are a credit to you all.

Hopefully it won’t be too long before everyones lives will return to some sort of normality and we will be able to reopen again. Until then… please stay safe and enjoy this lovely sunshine (from your home!)

Mike & Serena

SerenArts Book Design

We hope this post finds you safe and well.

Many of you may be sitting at home, into your second week of isolation and wracking your brains on what to do next… well, maybe writing that book that you’ve been putting off for so long is the answer!

At SerenArts we have helped many people over the years put that dream into a printed reality. From fine art, coffee table books to children’s French books and more.

The work covers all publiction formats including hardback and softback publications, depending on your budget. We will work closely with you from receiving the first draft of your text and ideas, right through to the print and publication of your book. This process is open to your input and ideas from the very start and, only when you are happy to proceed, will we continue to the release of your project.

We can organise your International Standard Book Number (ISBN) which allows for more efficient marketing of products by booksellers, libraries, universities, wholesalers and distributors.

We know money is tight for everyone in the current situation, so we hope to be able to offer you this service at a rate that will suit your budget.

For more information please feel free to contact us at any time. We would be pleased to help.

Stay safe everyone

Mike

Day 7…

Most of the SerenArts housemates are restless!

Well… that’s the first week nearly completed. We shut the door to SerenArts Gallery this time last week with a heavy heart and wondering when we would be able to re-opening again?

It certainly is a very strange time for everyone and we just hope our fellow business owners in Bradford on Avon are safe and coping ok.

In the great scheme of things we count ourselves very lucky… we went for our daily walk allowance this morning out along the river in the glorious sunshine…

BOA sailing club

Yes, it was windy and yes, our business is shut… but what a place to live!

Anyway… stay safe everyone and let’s buckle up for week 2!

Coronavirus Update

In light of the current situation with Coronavirus we have taken the decision to close SerenArts Gallery to the public until further notice.

This difficult decision was made to minimise the health risks involved to our customers and family.

We do appreciate that certain services we offer (primarily: photocopying and printing) could be of use to people during this time and would like to continue to make these available to the more vulnerable members of our community. With that in mind, if you know of anyone in this category who may need important documents copying, or printing work done, please feel free to contact us at any time. We live locally and would be happy to deliver to them.

Contact mobile: 0758 102 1135

Contact email: serenarts@icloud.com

Lastly… we would like to thank all our customers for their support and hope that we will be back up and running again as soon as we possibly can.

Best wishes and stay safe.

Mike & Serena

We love a down arrow!

serenarts gallery river watch

This is a sight you want to see in the morning… a nice downwards arrow! Hopefully March is going to be a slightly less damp month.

We took this picture this morning at Barton Bridge, round the back of the Workshops

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And this one was taken in August 2016…

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The highs and lows of the Avon!

If you’re wanting to pop down to SerenArts Gallery today, we would suggest coming down Pound Lane rather than using Barton Bridge or the River Walk… we are here and open though!