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Art gallery pops up in former Gilbert's furniture shop in Ayston Road, Uppingham




An art gallery has popped up in an empty shop in Uppingham and it received a fantastic response on its opening weekend.

Luisa Jamieson-Mclean, an artist herself, decided to make use of the empty shop in Ayston Road, which was Gilbert’s furniture store until owner Kath Gilbert retired last March after 56 years.

Luisa, who worked for Kath for 17 years, wanted to make the most of the empty space and decided to use it as an opportunity to showcase 45 artists from Rutland and further afield.

A preview event was held on Friday, before it officially opened on Saturday.

Luisa said she was thrilled with the response the gallery called Open Upp Art had received so far.

Luisa Jamieson-Mclean at the Open Upp Art gallery in Uppingham Photo: Lee Hellwing
Luisa Jamieson-Mclean at the Open Upp Art gallery in Uppingham Photo: Lee Hellwing

“It was a huge success on Friday and we had an amazing response. We had just about got everything sorted for when we opened at 3pm and from then on, there was a steady flow of people.

“Saturday was very busy as well and the atmosphere across the whole weekend was very positive and everyone was so lovely. We’ve sold a few pieces as
well.”

Luisa says the exhibition is extremely diverse with artists using a variety of mediums, including paint, sculpture, photography, linocut, ceramics, willow, felt, wood, ink and paper.

A self-taught artist, Luisa is even exhibiting a few abstract pieces herself.

She believed the empty shop would be the ideal place to hold such a range of
work.

“It’s a big space and I know it could handle a lot of diversity without it looking too busy. The space just works.

“I wanted it to be a comfortable gallery and for people to be able to come in and not feel intimidated. I think we’ve achieved that - it’s a nice calm welcoming space.

“Even if you’ve only got five minutes to pop in, there’s something to see.

“I think art is a really important aspect of life and in this age of screens, it’s lovely to see art for your own
eyes.”

Ron and Margaret Simpson from Uppingham
Ron and Margaret Simpson from Uppingham

The Open Upp Art gallery will be open Monday to Saturday from 11am to 6pm until Saturday March
23.

For more insight and information see Facebook and instagram openuppart

Telephone 07368 343154

Email: openuppart@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing you either at our opening party on Friday 1st March or during the course of the 3 weeks we are there.

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