Canal Art

At SerenArts Gallery we’re always looking for new ways to add items to our range of products and services… and canal art is just the latest string to Serena’s bow…

serenarts gallery canal art

However, always expect the unexpected, as she hasn’t gone for the traditional canal art colour palette with these pitchers. The subtle pastel tones of these beautiful designs, hand painted by Serena, will compliment many a house interior. They are priced at just £18 for the smaller pitcher (approx 17cm high) and £25 for the larger one(approx 22cm high).

We have plans to increase the range of products that Serena will be adding to the canal art collection, so watch this space!

What’s on at Barton Farm?

We know the weather is making this feel more like a Bank Holiday weekend, but it is worth braving the elements and heading down to Barton Farm and the Tithebarn Workshops today…

serenarts gallery cygnets arrive at barton farm

Mummy and Daddy Swan have decided to relocate to Barton Bridge where they have attracted one or two photographers! Looks like the resident kingfisher might get the hump with all the lenses pointed at the new cygnets. If you are launching a kayak or paddle board from here, please be mindful and keep your distance.

It is also very good to see the first exhibition returning to the West Barn in well over a year…

serenarts gallery exhibitions return to the west barn

This was them just setting up this morning when I went for my walk. There will be paintings, potter, laser cut design, textiles and wirework on show from artists: Gina Belford, Kate Westcott, Andrew Eddleston, Karen George, Natty Deco and Gaynor Leverett-Jaques. Good luck to you all.

We look forward to seeing you all soon.

Dementia Friendly Bradford on Avon

It was great to see that word of the new Dementia Friendly BOA booklet was spreading…

serenarts gallery dementia friendly boa

We posted recently that SerenArts were delighted to have been commissioned to design and produce this informative booklet for this excellent local group. We picked up the story in the Wiltshire Times and have been seeing it popping up across various websites and social media.

The work this organisation does is vital to the local families and individuals who are affected by this terrible condition so for more information about them why not visit their website.

If you would like more information about our design and printing services, or to discuss a printing project, please feel free to contact us at any time.

Hens Orchard in Blossom

serenarts gallery hens orchard

Despite the rather inclement weather this weekend we couldn’t help noticing how lovely the Hens Orchard is looking now. The well established fruit trees are in beautiful bloom and the meadow is perfectly kept to compliment this area of Barton Farm.

SerenArts Gallery were recently commissioned to update the map of the orchard’s trees, planting layout and donors…

serenarts gallery hens orchard

This poster has been split in two sections and will be going in the display case next to the bend in the path. We even put in the stunning wrought iron bench that was put in situ in memory of Simon Relph. Simon was an active member of the Bradford on Avon Preservation Trust and instrumental in the project to bring the Orchard back to its former glory.

The Kingfisher Trail 2021

We mentioned a few weeks ago about some of the upcoming events and goings on in Bradford. The Kingfisher Trail 2021 is a very exciting celebration of art organised in support of Cotswolds National Landscape. This years event is to include Bradford on Avon for the first time.

The Kingfisher Trail is a fantastic arts trail of 21 wonderful kingfisher sculptures which have been decorated by some of our most talented local artists for public display in and around the Cotswolds National Landscape in 2021. Residents and visitors are invited to follow the trail in the summer of 2021, get out into nature and enjoy the outstanding natural beauty of the Cotswolds region. The Kingfisher Trail is designed to bring businesses, arts and local communities together and at the end of the project all of these wonderful sculptures will be auctioned to art lovers and businesses to raise funds for the vital conservation work (for projects that support children and young people in the Cotswolds National Landscape.) of the Cotswolds National Landscape.

Similar to the Minerva’s Owls Sculpture Trail that the local businesses and the Town Council supported in 2018, the Kingfisher Trail will see the town host one of 21 large sculptures of a kingfisher, each decorated by a professional artist.

The 21st sculpture, the ‘Flying Kingfisher’, will move to a new location every fortnight. With Bradford on Avon at the southern end of the Cotswolds, the Trail will now include our portion of the Avon valley too!

Our kingfisher will make two visits to the town, the first in June, and then returning in August.  The trail will be available online and via a smartphone App and we will keep you updated of the locations nearer the time. To celebrate the kingfisher’s arrival, we will also be launching a community art project – keep an eye out on our website and social media @BoATownCouncil for more information on how to get involved!

SerenArts Tea Towels

We now have a small range of tea towels available at SerenArts Gallery and for purchase online. They are excellent quality, 100% cotton and made in the UK. Each tea towel features a piece of Serena’s artwork and has the gallery name and Bradford on Avon printed in the corner.

If you would like more information please feel free to contact us at any time.

serenarts gallery tea towels

Lockdown Window Exhibition

We are pleased to be involved in the new Tithebarn Workshops initiative… the Lockdown Window Exhibition:

The idea is to add a bit of culture to your daily walk by having a regularly changed window display of Serena’s paintings in the windows. All the artists at the Tithebarn Workshops are taking part, so you should be able to take a small, artistic detour around the windows of the Workshops…

Further details about this ongoing event have been posted on Explore BOA and it is also being covered by the Wiltshire Times and Radio Wiltshire.

Lockdown 2:0

serenarts gallery lockdown 2

With just over a week to go until the end of ‘Lockdown 2:0’ we thought we would give you a little update on how things are going at SerenArts Gallery.

Like many small businesses, this enforced closure could not have come at a worse time of year, hitting Christmas sales from our gallery very hard.  Although we have transferred the bulk of our shop items into our online shop and made Serena’s artwork available on her website, there is no doubt the coming months will be a challenge.  I made the mistake of calculating the percentage of annual retail sales that we would expect in November… not a good idea!

However… what these lockdowns have done is galvanise local people into looking nearer to home and supporting local firms in these difficult times.  We have noticed a marked increase in ‘Bradfordian’ customers and enquiries, which is great for the local economy (and ours!).  Hopefully, when we reopen after this current closure, people won’t have spent all their pennies with Amazon and we will see a lovely last minute rush for pressies!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our existing and new printing customers for their fantastic support during this period.  We have had a large number of Christmas printing orders and continue to offer our ‘essential’ photocopying service.

Thank you very much and stay safe.

Mike & Serena

Bradford on Avon 2021 Calendars

serenarts gallery bradford on avon calendars 2021

Just a reminder that we have two Bradford on Avon Calendars available for 2021…

A3 Photographic Art by Serena Pugh – 13 stunning local images – large date boxes for notes – wire bound / wall hanger – £9.95

A4 Photographs – 13 local photographs – date boxes around the main image – wire bound / wall hanger – £4.95

Both of the above are available to purchase from this site (where a small postage charge will be included in the price) or you can click and collect from our gallery at the Tithebarn Workshops.

Busy in Lockdown

Serena is nearing the completion of her latest project… an oil on board of Bradford Bridge and the Avon. This iconic scene measures 32″ x 16″ and will be going to our friendly, local framers as soon as the paint drys. It will then be available to purchase via her website and on display at our gallery (as soon as we’re able to reopen).

The more eagle eyed viewer will notice Serena highlighting her Southampton FC mug in the foreground. Whether it acted as inspiration for this artwork is up for discussion, but she was rather excited when her beloved Saints topped the Premier League for the first time last night!

If you would like to see more of Serena’s artwork you can visit her website or follow her story on Instagram.