If you’re looking for gifts at this time of year, the gallery’s Winter Emporium is the place to head to; an Aladdin’s cave filled with affordable treasures to inspire your gift-giving (or find treats for yourself), beautifully decorated to reflect the colours of the winter season.
Made with love to give with love
The Winter Emporium – a highlight of the Christmas season since 2016, is open this year with the emphasis on unique, affordable pieces of art and craft made by the gallery’s resident artists, ideal to give as gifts.
“The current situation means that many people will be looking for smaller gifts which are easy to send in the post,” says Caroline. “We have huge range of unframed original art, prints and photographs which are ideal for this.”
Other small items include lightweight printed metal jewellery by Mandy Collins, exquisite small ceramics by Earth Pig Pottery and guest artists Sue Blatherwick and Nandina Mason, hanging mosaic decorations by Jo Spencer and handmade sketchbooks by Jenny McKenzie.
The gallery also sells hundreds of cards which you won’t see anywhere else and if you feel spoilt for choice, Green Man gift vouchers are available for any amount starting at £5.
Spread the cost of your purchase
For customers wanting to make larger purchases from the extensive exhibitions, the gallery operates its own purchasing scheme called Buy Art through which payments can be made in up to four monthly instalments. This scheme was introduced a few years ago to make art more affordable. “If you fall in love with an art work costing four or five hundred pounds, this scheme brings it within reach.” Buy Art is not a credit arrangement – the art work remains in the gallery until paid for in full – so anyone is welcome to make use of it use it. Ask the staff on duty for information or email Caroline for details on [email protected]
Inspired by nature
The Green Man has always been known as a place to find art inspired by the natural world with oil paintings by Geoff Chilton, Dawn Featherstone and Mara Edwards; watercolours and mixed media by Jenny McKenzie, Suzanne Pearson, Fiona Jubb and Susan Eversfield; linocuts, woodcuts and etchings by Amanda O’Neill, Suzanne and Dawn; Caroline Small’s photographic explorations of plants, woods and water, and intricate mosaic landscapes by Jo Spencer.
Look out also for Fiona’s unusual felted vessels inspired by the rocks and plants of the Peak District and Mandy Collins’ striking abstract resin work, reminiscent of forms found in nature. In a year of cancelled holidays and travel limitations, several artists are exhibiting work inspired by the sea including mosaics and a new photographic collection with the title ‘Coast’.
Local shops need you more than ever before
Along with Buxton’s other independent shops and businesses, the gallery needs your support more than ever this year. “It’s tempting for all of us to stay in and shop on the online,” says Caroline, “but we hope to entice customers from their sofas with late night shopping – the next event is on 18th December, extending our opening time until 8pm.”
“Since we re-opened in August, we’ve had many compliments about the way we are handing the COVID restrictions and visitors all say they feel safe at the gallery,” says Caroline. “The same measures will be in place at our late openings.” You can find full details of of what to expect on the gallery’s website and Facebook page.
The Green Man Gallery is a short walk from Spring Gardens up Terrace Road. It is situated behind Buxton Museum and Art Gallery.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10.30am to 4.30pm. The gallery will be open until 8pm on 18th December. Entry is free and artists are always on duty to chat to about work for sale. The gallery is currently open under Tier 3 COVID restrictions as non-essential retail.
The Green Man Gallery, Hardwick Hall, Buxton, SK17 6PY
T: 01298. 937375