New town art gallery in Cromer

Art House Cafe, Cromer - Liz James with an example of her own art. Picture: RICHARD BATSON

Art House Cafe, Cromer - Liz James with an example of her own art. Picture: RICHARD BATSON - Credit: Archant

A new gallery at Cromer is brewing up displays of East Anglian artists - as well as coffee.

Art House Cafe, Cromer - Liz James with some of her art and Andy Senior preparing coffee. Picture: R

Art House Cafe, Cromer - Liz James with some of her art and Andy Senior preparing coffee. Picture: RICHARD BATSON - Credit: Archant

Artist Liz James and her former quantity surveyor partner Andy Senior, who have moved to north Norfolk from Suffolk, have launched the Art House Cafe in High Street, opposite the parish church.

It currently had a range of paintings, pottery and jewellery and aims to feature the work of local artists combined with somewhere to have a cuppa and cake.

Ms James dabbled with art after leaving school, but worked in sales and market for Bosch garden products.

She decided to rekindle her art in 2007 by gaining a Master of Arts at the Norwich School of Art - which she did two days a week while doing relief work in the Suffolk libraries service and production art in her studio at home.

'We had been talking about having a gallery and cafe - but it was about finding the right place,' she explained.

'We both love Norfolk and when we were looking for a home up here, we saw this shop for sale.'

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The couple, who now live at Hindolveston, have converted the former women's fashion shop into an airy gallery with a coffee bar serving locally-sourced drinks and cakes.

The gallery aims to show contemporary arts - and the opening displays have a seaside flavour.

Many of the initial artists are from Suffolk due to the couple's connections there, but the aim is to feature north Norfolk work.

And Ms James is pleased that artists have already been contacting them about putting work on display.

The current exhibitions are:

?Swirly seaside pictures that tell a story from illustrator Cindy Speer of Grundisburgh

?Loose watercolours of landscapes and wildlife form Ruth McCabe of Wenhaston

?Textured landscape collages by Nat Young from Essex

Cermaic vases, mugs and jugs by Usch Spettigue from Ipswich

?Glasswork by Kate Burnham from Lincolnshire

?Jewellery and scarves by Ruth Carter from Frinton

?Driftwood art by Edmund Oxborrow from Stowmarket

Ms James said the new gallery would bolster Cromer's attraction as a destination to see art.

Contact the gallery at 10 High Street, 01263 649856 or visit the website www.arthouse-cafe.co.uk

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