"She Rose" is my first gallery, shop and workshop space in the coastal town of Herne Bay. I am bringing a new gallery to the glorious artistic community on the Kent coast. Exhibiting my own art work and work the work of local established artists and new talent.
I am convinced that I didn't find 165, it found me. In the space of no more than 8 weeks of seeing it, I had sold my house and was moving up the road, about to embark on the most exciting project of my life. I have dreamt of living and working in a space like this my whole life and I recognised immediately that this building was going to a part of my future. The reality of renovating a building like this is a huge task and also a great responsibility. I want to breathe new life in to it and share my passion for creative pursuits and the benefit they can have on people's quality for life. Bringing a new gallery space to Herne Bay and its glorious artistic community, exhibiting not only my own art, but also curated exhibitions from established and new talent. Alongside this, there will be regular classes with an emphasis of inclusivity for all age ranges and abilities.
In January of this year 165 Mortimer Street became my space and I have proudly taken on the role as guardian to this treasure. The building itself dates back to the 1840's and is older than the town itself. The previous owner, Florence Dance was born in the upstairs and lived in it all her life. Her father Edward Smith, known as Ted, opened the store as a grocery and off-licence at the beginning of the 20th Century. After his death in 1919 the store continued in that guise under the management of two brothers, Edward and Dennis Smith. In later years it has been a Demelza Charity Shop.
As if having a shop front, exhibition space and gallery wasn't enough, the space has room for a studio of my own and what I am turning in to an exquisite living space.