"When one door closes, another door opens..."
I owned the Cedar House Gallery in Ripley for eight years, and when I closed the door in 2008 to move to the Welsh Marches, I never dreamt I would open a new door to a new gallery in the centre of Hay-on-Wye in the Spring of 2016.
The Table, at 43 Lion Street, sandwiched between Richard Booth's Bookshop and Chop Suey House, is a beautiful space created by myself and several local craftsmen to exhibit only those works of art that speak to me and that I would be 'happy to hang at home'.
When I hang an exhibition, or paintings in my own home, it is essential that the paintings 'talk' to each other. Different mediums, abstracted or not, framed or unframed, mean nothing if their common parlance does not resonate upon my walls.
With this gallery my intention has been to design a harmonious, creative, and holistic space which encourages people to come through the door to look at the paintings. They may sit awhile at the table - enjoy coffee, tea and tarts. Art books nestle under a window seat, doodle pads and pens are available to all, strangers sit comfortably beside one another on benches. There is nothing that cannot be brought to The Table.