"She Rose" is my first gallery, shop and workshop space in the coastal town of Herne Bay. I have brought 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.
She Rose is a gallery space in Herne Bay, exhibiting not only my own art, but also curated exhibitions from established and new talent. The shop sells a mixture or local artists work, ethically made homeware, gifts and cards as well as vintage items. Some of my more popular linocuts have been reimagined and are printed on bags, t-shirts, sweatshirts and books.
In the last year we have seen the interest and numbers rising for workshops and these run throughout the year, given either by myself in drawing and printing making or by other local artists and cover block printing, basket weaving, collage, resin, candle making and much more. All classes have an emphasis of inclusivity for all age ranges and abilities.
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.
In January 2020, 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.