The idea was that our son and his fiancé went away on their holidays for a week while we baby sit our furry grandchild!! We thought (rather naively) that we would have Bailey in the gallery with us during the day… what could go wrong?… he’s adorable! He’ll be a great selling gimmick, we thought!
Well, that plan lasted all of an hour before there had to be a rapid change of plan and Serena would paint at home with her ‘little helper’! Cute as he is, at 8 months old he was just a tad too boisterous for our little gallery space. Much happier at home…
Things will be back to normal next week as Bailey heads back home. We will certainly miss the wee man!
OK… I’m going to own up… I took the mickey out of Serena for offering free keyrings promoting the gallery to gain followers on her Instagram account. I said she was buying friends! Now I feel guilty and want to help, so thought I would promote her wonderful work on our blog as well!
So, if you wouldn’t mind following serenapughartist on instagram it will hopefully get me off the hook!
On my morning walk today I saw a mother swan and her six signets grazing on the grass behind the Tithebarn Workshops, so I quickly phoned Serena to go and have a look. The next thing I know I get a rather panicked phone call from her saying they were following her back into the garden of the Workshops! I think word might have got around in the bird world that Serena feeds them every morning!
We now have the family all fed and watered and fast asleep outside the gallery! So please try and keep the noise down if you’re coming the Tithebarn Workshops today!! We don’t want to wake the kids!
Serena has been very busy recently and these are just a selection of her latest works, which include a commission of Aber Falls or Rhaeadr Fawr, in Wales. To keep up to date with what’s on the easel, why not follow Serena on Instagram. You can also visit her website to see a full range of work.
We mentioned a few weeks back that he was on his way… well he’s landed… ‘Wait a Minnow‘ is on his plinth in Westbury Gardens, outside the Tourist Information Centre, to promote two Cotswold walking trails, which Bradford on Avon are now part of. The trails will be available online and via a smartphone App.
There will be some more smaller kingfishers coming to the Shambles this week as well, so hopefully it will all bring a little cheer and some visitors to the Town.
As a little nod to these events Serena has painted a small 6″ square acrylic on canvas: ‘Watching’…
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…
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!
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…
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.
Due to the current Government directive, we are still unable to have our lovely gallery open, so here is an opportunity to purchase a set of 8 of Serena’s unique Glass Art Christmas Cards.
Featuring festive scenes each card is hand painted on a glass microscope slide and mounted on a card measuring approximately 185mm x 75mm. Every card comes cellophane wrapped and with a quality envelope.
The above price includes postage and packing, or local Bradford on Avon delivery.