New Art Gallery in Pocklington

Art and rose gallery - Emma-Jane Whelan
Art and rose gallery - Emma-Jane Whelan

THE OPENING exhibition of a new art gallery in Pocklington proved a “raging success.”

Owner Emma-Jane Whelan, from Nunburnholme, launched the independent Art and Rose Gallery with an exhibition of work by 17 local artists.

Emma-Jane, who is a fine art graduate, welcomed about 80 people throughout the day to her shop on Market Street.

The exhibition, which runs until Christmas, includes ceramics from Ellerton-based Jill Ford, pen and ink drawings from Hull artists Fred Kennett, textiles from Kilham ethical artist Corinne Young and pottery from Londesborough’s Tony Wells.

Town crier Geoff Sheasby gave a short speech at the gallery’s launch.

Emma-Jane said: “It was a raging success. We had about 80 people in total. A lot were the artists themselves who were able to meet the Pocklington people.

“It exceeded any expectations I had.

“The people of Pocklington have been really supportive. I’ve had quite a lot of people saying how pleased they were.”

The gallery will bring together a mix of paintings, sculptures, drawings, ceramics and hand-made jewellery by Yorkshire artists.