Just months after its official opening, a Melrose-based gallery’s success is on display as it opens up new spaces to artists.
The Gallery Melrose was opened by Iain Louden and David Wallace at the site of the former Cobblers of Melrose shop at 23 Market Square at the beginning of last November.
The duo have so far succeeded in highlighting the talents of many current artists, so much so that they now have an additional 30 display areas for artworks to be shown.
Ahead of the upcoming tourist season, they have opened up what was previously used as storage room to offer a further 300 square feet of wall space for placing the art.
60-year-old David, of Stow, said: “We are thrilled with the number of customers that we have already seen, in what was considered the quiet season and our sales reflect customers who have a solid appreciation of quality art.
“We are gearing up now for the thousands of visitors expected for the Rugby Sevens in Melrose.”
He and 50-year-old business-partner, Iain, of Stow, previously worked together in management for a Borders’ call centre though had always maintained a strong enthusiasm for art.
Now, with the addition of this new space, they hope to grow their collection with pieces and gifts from not just Scotland and England, but from around the world. The gallery is already host to works from more than 50 artists using a variety of mediums such as potters, jewellers, sculptors and glass makers.
The extension will also be an ideal space to display art thanks to its wealth of natural light from a large skylight window.
The pair’s success has also lead to the extension of the gallery’s opening hours, including an extra weekday, from 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday.
More information about the gallery may be found on their website at www.thegallerymelrose.co.uk