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.
Since the beginning of this week, Serena has now relocated from her home studio to take up residence, full time in the gallery. Consequently we have just completed our first joint project which is now available to customers free of charge.
We have created a street map of the town incorporating some of the more popular attractions, using Serena’s photographic artwork and Mike’s graphic design. It’s a good way to have our promotional flyer on one side and the map on the other and not only tell people where we are but also provide some useful tourist tips to our visitors.
We will keep you up to date with the latest projects as and when they happen. In the meantime, please pop down and pick up your free copy any time.
Over the coming weeks you will notice some work being done on the Pillbox next to Barton Bridge, just across from the Bradford Rowing Club.
As part of the Preservation Trust’s work in Bradford on Avon, they are clearing the area around the pillbox and creating a path and information lectern to promote this well known local site. We at SerenArts Gallery have been commissioned by the Trust to do the artwork for the lectern, which will be completed and installed soon.
It’s always nice to see areas around the Tithebarn Workshops being regenerated bringing in extra visitors and hopefully, with the new Dunkirk film out now, there will be additional interest in this historic building.
Well haven’t we had fun and shenanigans since Sunday evening? We had one of those big ideas to revamp the gallery and here we are… it’s Wednesday and still the floor isn’t dry! Still, it’s nothing that a few well placed rugs hasn’t resolved.
It’s been a couple of days of hard graft, but we now have a completely new collection of photographic art adorning the walls, beautiful new window displays (please don’t ask about the origami birds though!) and a lovely bright new floor.
You might also notice from the photos above that we will shortly be offering our unique range of glass art lamps again. We’re very excited about these as it’s been a few years since we’ve been able to get the blank lamps.
We are very pleased to tell you that we will shortly be finishing the final draft of Steve Hall‘s latest book of his paintings entitled ‘My Way With Watercolour’…
We have worked with Steve over many years now and always enjoy his honest and fresh approach to watercolour painting and the beautiful body of work that we are able to put together for him in this latest collection.
We will bring you more information of when the book goes to press and where you will be able to buy a copy. In the meantime, if you would like more information about Steve’s work, or our book formatting services, please feel free to contact us at any time.
Here at SerenArts we are very pleased to be involved with a long standing client, TopSteer Challenge, who we have been doing graphic design work for over the past 7 years.
In 2014 Bill Chapman from Bath was inspired to create a unique company called TopSteer Challenge which raises money for charities after meeting British television and radio presenter Chris Evans at a BBC Children in Need event. Bill and his team of volunteers customise little sit in electric cars, from classic roadsters to sports cars licensed from Ferrari , McLaren , BMW, Lamborghini and many more famous makes.
For more information about our design and printing services at SerenArts, please feel free to contact us at any time.
Here are some of the latest works we have put on to greetings cards for a client…
These lovely oil on board scenes were painted by local artist Andrew Critchley. They have been reproduced on to 5″ x 7″ cards which are then packed for resale. A great way to promote your work and make some money!