Somerville Gallery and the Coronavirus

Due to the current Coronavirus situation we have taken the sensible precaution to suspend formal opening hours of the Somerville Gallery in Otley. Whilst the foot count of visitors is usually not very heavy in a concentrated fashion, the nature of the screen panelling is such that close contact with other people is inevitable.

Should anyone wish to visit the Gallery we are quite happy to accommodate by appointment only for the time being.

By telephoning Ian or Jayne directly at the studio in Burley in Wharfedale : 01943 864349 arrangements can be made to suit most circumstances.

Ian will work solely from the studio for the time being.

We will keep the website updated with news as it develops and please don’t forget that most products can be distributed on line.

Thanks for saying hello!

The event went well over the two day period with a considerable number of visitors to the stand. Most times Rhiannon and Ian who were manning the stand did nothing but talk to interested visitors and by lunchtime of the Saturday 450 gallery leaflets had been picked up.

It is fair to say the same result took place with our popular greeting cards featuring our own images.

Most rewarding was the interest shown in the live drawing exercise of the new Community Trust painting of Burley. Wharfedale newspapers and Trust websites prior coverage certainly heightened interest in the project and a lot of excitement was shown when the progressive drawing could be viewed close up. Ian is hopeful of completing the drawing stage within the next ten days after which a canvas print will be prepared ahead of the actual oil painting beginning. It looks like the picture itself will measure around 4ft across without the frame.