The gallery was opened at 10am this morning by the Mayor of Thurrock Cllr Steve Liddiard, who cut a ceremonial ribbon before viewing the exhibition with artist Norman Coker and gallery owner Lisa Anderson.
Norman Coker is one of Essex’s most respected artists, whose 60 year career has produced over 3000 paintings which have been exhibited internationally and include a work hanging in the royal collection (which Norman delivered in person to Buckingham Palace).
Lisa Anderson and her husband Phil have spent the last 6 months restoring a semi-derelict grade 2 listed shop in Horndon-on-the-Hill to become Well House Gallery. The building dates back as far as 1400, and contains a 140-foot deep well which used to be the village water supply from which the gallery gets its name.
Lisa Anderson trained in arts at Thurrock College and Suffolk College, Ipswich. She has been running community arts events in Thurrock for the last 4 years and has staged events for the Thurrock Art Trail since its beginning.
Lisa said “I’m passionate about seeing people and places come to life. The arts scene in Thurrock is growing rapidly, and having a permanent commercial gallery means that we can help local artists to develop their confidence and their careers. As well as oil paintings we are showing sculpture, mixed media, photography, and affordable arts and crafts like ceramics, textiles, and hand made jewellery. Our aim has been to create a quality venue where we can display serious art, but in a friendly environment where anyone will feel comfortable to come in and browse even if they are just looking for a small gift.”
Well House Gallery is located in High Road, Horndon-on-the-Hill, next to the historic Woolmarket. With its 2 country pubs, 2 restaurants (coffees and food available every day from 11am) and country hotel, Horndon is well worth a visit all year round. More details and opening times can be found at www.wellhousegallery.co.uk, or on facebook and twitter.