It is now over six months since Nick Smith took over Longridge Gallery. Live Ribble Valley caught up with him to look back on 2021 and discuss future plans
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our customers and other local businesses for their support in 2021, the welcome we have received has been phenomenal. This has underlined to us the relevance of the gallery to the community,” says Nick Smith of Longridge Gallery.
“The most rewarding part of taking over Longridge Gallery has been the opportunity to meet local people, hear their stories, frame treasured memories and source the perfect piece of art that puts a smile on peoples’ faces. It is incredible to hear feedback from customers that we have been able to be part of making their house a home,” explains Nick.
The gallery has enjoyed introducing a number of new artists over the past 12 months. Craig Foord’s mesmerising abstract work, Chuck’s distinctive way of incorporating metallic foils and traditional patterns, Scott Tetlow’s classical drawing themes with a contemporary twist, Michael Simpson’s versatile and technically excellent bronze sculptures and Anthony Platt’s stunning local scenes, have all added a new and interesting dimension to the collections.
The core of the gallery’s business has remained the same since Nick has taken over: “We still offer high quality bespoke framing, art restoration, needlework stretching as well as sourced and commissioned artwork that has kept the gallery a mainstay of Berry Lane for over 35 years.
“Our aim over the next year is to continue to support our loyal customers with favourite artists in addition to diversifying our art selection to ensure that we really are a gallery that appeals to all. Keep an eye on our social media for updates of new artists and works that we will be bringing into the gallery,” concludes Nick.