Brackley’s newly-relaunched Indigo art gallery was filled to the rafters with visitors as it celebrated its official opening on Saturday.
The venture is a lifelong ambition of new owner Elaine Coe, who has worked as an artist and art teacher in the area for more than a decade.
The premises, in Courtyard Mews off Brackley Market Place, had been home to the Rowans Gallery for around four years.
The refurbished gallery offers all kinds of artworks for sale, including paintings, ceramics, jewellery, wood sculpture and photography.
But the business has several strings to its bow, bringing together an established art school under the Indigo banner, as well as a picture framing service and a gift shop.
Mrs Coe, who paints under her maiden name of Marston, said she aimed to create a welcoming, friendly atmosphere to dispel some visitors’ fears.
“Generally, people will see a gallery and think, ‘It’s white, it’s stark, and I don’t want to touch anything’.
“I wanted to create a homely place with gifts, and where people can see art is affordable.”
She said she thinks there is room for a new picture-framing service in Brackley, and hoped the gift shop might encourage shoppers to change their habits.
“I hope people will come in looking for gifts and then think, ‘I like that sculpture and painting’”, she said.
Art classes, which are adults-only at present, may soon be extended to children during the summer holidays.
Mrs Coe said Indigo would offer a wide range of gifts, which will include items such as handbags.
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