Beauty of the wild, and skills on show

A packed gathering for the opening
A packed gathering for the opening

It’s good news to see respected and loved shops given a new lease of life.

The Creative with Nature Gallery is doing just that in the centre of Todmorden.

At the Burnley Road premises which until last summer was the long-established gents outfitters Marshalls, now hangs a stunning collection of new landscapes inspired by the beauty of the wild places surrounding Todmorden.

Mayor of Todmorden Coun Michael Gill officially cut the ribbon and opened the doors last Friday to the inaugural exhibition by internationally renown artist Sara Abbott.

Having seen the works early in their creation, fellow Yorkshire artist David Hockney says of landscape painting: “You paint them all for yourself actually” - a statement that struck a cord with Abbott who adds “these works are a record of my first year here, a bit of a love story really and a total self indulgence but now they are ready for sharing.”

The woman behind everything is Joevanka Gregory.

Having created, taught and shared her willow weaving for years in the Calder Valley she decided that a permanent space was in order - and so the gallery was created.

Her wonderful willow baskets, hears, bowls and all things naturally woven will be on permanent display at the gallery and her weaving workshops are filling up fast.

The private view saw a throng of art lovers visiting and enjoying the works on show and hearing about exhibitions to come, workshops and other community events that will be held here.

Barefoot wines sponsored the event and the juxtaposition of the Californian wines and the Yorkshire landscapes seemed to suit.

The exhibition ‘Come walk with me and be my love’ hangs until May 5, 10am to 5pm on Wednesdays to Saturdays, noon to 4pm on Sundays, closed Mondays and Tuesdays.