A Padiham businesswoman’s dream of opening a fine art gallery in the town has become a reality.
Heather Shenton is set to launch the Picture House Gallery exhibiting some of the finest artists in Lancashire.
It will be the first gallery in the country to feature the work of Matthew Seed – considered the world’s best equine photographer.
Eye-catching original work from artists including Rob Hefferan and Michael Ashcroft will also feature among fine art paintings, ceramics, sculpture and glassware at the Picture House which opens to the public tomorrow.
Heather, who also has a long-running framing business in Preston, said: “It is very exciting.
“It is all original work from local artists which is great.
“We are the first gallery in the country to show Matthew Seed’s fine art photographs.
“I did the framing for many of the artists and it is wonderful that they are supporting me with the gallery.
“We have such a great variety of Northern artists and people will really travel to the town to see them.”
The new gallery space and framers has transformed the former fireplace shop on “The Hill” in Burnley Road as part of the town’s on-going regeneration.
The town is bidding to become a creative hub and this is the second artistic business in town after the Art & Soul studio opened across the road.
Heather, who has lived in Padiham area for 25 years, was delighted to play a part in breathing new life into Padiham. She said: “We have had people in already saying they were pleased to see such a big shop rejuvenated and such an important part of the high street improved.
“It is great to set up here – I am so pleased.”