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The Knaresborough Post Friday 3rd December 2004

Town's shoppers in for art experience




Art apartment articleA three-part show at Knaresborough's Art Apartment is aimed at helping art lovers turn Christmas shopping into an art form.

Situated in Green Dragon Yard, the top floor gallery presents an elegant exhibition with features artists such as Demelsa Haughton, Richard Snowden, Alan Thorpe, Margot Bandola, John French, Tony Mosley, Gill Shreeve, and acclaimed Yorkshire sculptor Ian Judd, who coincidentally created the Mother and Child in Knaresborough's Chapel of our Lady of the Crag.

The first floor of the gallery is an Aladdin's Cave of unusual art gifts and decoration from inexpensive stocking fillers and handmade tree hangings, jewellery, ceramics, plaster and metalwork through to a rich little taste of Venice.

The ground floor of the former flax mill is an appropriate home for the first one-man show of the paintings of Scottish artist Anna Hay, who now lives in Knaresborough.

Anna's "Through the Mill" is a body of work reflecting the history of the linen industry and mills of Knaresborough, with its use of oil paint, linen, Hessian and tile cement for texture.  The Art Apartment is setting a new trend for Knaresborough this year by remaining open for Late Night Shopping until 10pm every Thursday in December right up to Christmas.  By offering mulled wine with cake and live classical guitar music, owner Alison Breeze hopes to attract discerning shoppers to the town.

"late night shopping in Leeds and Harrogate is a bit of a bun-fight these days and Knaresborough is so pretty at night now with its Christmas lights, I feel we should make more of it.  Evening is also the one time that parking here is easy and free.  If the idea works, I hope perhaps some other retailers in the town will join me in staying open late in the run up to Christmas." said Alison.

In addition, Alison is trying to make more monies for the Frazer Theatre Lift Off Appeal through the Art Apartment's Christmas Raffle - first prize is an original painting worth over 200 by Anna Hay.  Tickets are just 1 each available at the gallery.

The gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday, 11am till 6pm, Sundays 11am till 4pm and on Thursdays up to Christmas until 10pm.

For further details, please ring Alison Breeze on 01423 867606 or visit