New Art Gallery in Cromer!

The Gallery Norfolk has opened at No 3 Church Street, Cromer, in the premises formerly occupied by the Church Street Gallery.

Newly refurbished and offering a completely new stock of paintings, prints, jewellery, gifts and homeware, the gallery looks set to add further colour and vibrancy to Cromer’s spectrum. It is situated just moments from the picturesque cobbled ‘Gangway’ that leads to the beach.

Inspired by the sea and nature

Often inspired by the sea and nature, the tempting items on sale have been hand-picked by Polly Miller, the gallery’s new owner. “Cromer is such a lively resort and crab-fishing port, so it already brings more than its share of colour to the North Norfolk coast,” says Polly, who has recently moved from London, where she formerly headed the creative team at record label EMI Classics and at a leading arts marketing agency. “The town is a wonderful place to be, and it’s also very much on the up, thanks to the whole revival of interest in traditional seaside resorts with something authentic to offer. I feel that Cromer will soon rival Holt, Blakeney and Wells as a destination for people who are on the lookout for artist-signed pieces to add a distinctive touch to their home or workplace.” Prices for signed limited edition prints start at under £100, though The Gallery Norfolk offers a range of art for all pockets, including work by local artists that captures the town of Cromer and the sweeping coastal vistas around it.

Positive and full of vitality

Many of The Norfolk Gallery’s artists already enjoy a national and international reputation for their commercial work, seen frequently on book covers and in the pages of glossy magazines, but more rarely in galleries. “The images they produce, which are so positive and full of vitality, very much reflect the feelings that Cromer – and Norfolk as a whole – evokes in me,” says Polly Miller. “We want to give customers the opportunity to enhance their collection with a print or a painting by a highly respected artist – and at a surprisingly reasonable price.” The gallery’s artists include water-colourists and print-makers like Sarah McMenemy and Andy Lovell, and the wood-engraver Chris Wormell.

As it happens, some of them have close personal connections with East Anglia: Sarah used to spend her childhood holidays on the North Norfolk coast, while Chris’s imagery has contributed to the success of the brewery Adnams, which is based in Southwold, and the RSPB, which supports nature reserves in the region.

Among the established painters represented at the gallery are Lara Bowen and Shyama Ruffell, both of whom, working in oils and acrylic, use strong lines and vivid colours to capture impressions of nature. Natural objects are also the starting point for the cool elegance of Daniel Reynolds’ ceramics, which are regularly spotlighted in style magazines such as Elle Decoration and House and Garden.

To ensure that each carefully chosen print or painting is shown off to optimum effect in the purchaser’s home, The Norfolk Gallery also offers a bespoke framing service. Polly will provide advice on choosing the ideal frame and, using materials and techniques that will satisfy exacting conservation standards, offers a service that represents outstanding value for money.

The Gallery Norfolk already stocks a range of affordable and stylish and sometimes quirky items for the home and beach and also a selection of classic and contemporary jewellery created by British craftspeople. Future plans include limited edition photographs, special events and an online gallery, trumpeting Cromer’s colourful artistic credentials to the rest of the country – and to the world.

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