BOLD NEW VENTURE ON CHAPEL LANE

An art gallery and art school is the latest addition to Horrabridge’s short list of shops.

Cheri Hunston spoke about her project this morning (Friday June 2, 2017), in between hanging pictures for her opening party and exhibition this evening, in what was Flowers Going Green on Chapel Lane. Now it is Wildwood Arts – website under construction at www.wildwoodartsdartmoor.co.uk/

She is an established wildlife and landscapes artist, and a former schoolteacher, who grew up in a farmhouse in the Pennines in Lancashire and lived in Bolton before moving to Horrabridge.

Her mother, Gail Dean, died in a car accident 10 years ago and Cheri inherited her cottage on Whitchurch Road. She knew the area well from visiting and decided to move here after getting divorced.

For the past 18 months, she has been working on the house, doing some private tuition and running painting classes in Plymouth – and getting into the thriving Tamar Valley network of artists.

Some of them will be exhibiting in her shop and helping with classes, for children and adults, in drawing, painting, jewellery, felting, dress-making and more.

They include the local doyen of wildlife painters, Robin Armstrong, author of The Painted Stream, about the River Walkham. He has a studio at Sortridge and deals in classic fishing gear at Tavistock Market.

Horrabridge textiles artist and dressmaker Hilary Charlton-Woodgate is also involved.

And Cheri, 46, will be using the shop as her own working studio and welcoming visitors in between events, Tuesdays to Saturdays 10-4 and occasionally on Sundays

Local guest houses are being encouraged to point their customers in the direction of the shop and the art classes but Cheri is hoping for local custom too. A day’s course is likely to cost £65-£75, including lunch at the London Inn.

All course details will be posted on the website – and probably on this site too. Meanwhile, call 01822 258529 or email info@wildwoodartsdartmoor.co.uk

See some of Cheri’s work at www.cherihunston.com/

Tonight’s party is by invitation and all invitations have been taken up. But casual visitors are welcome at the shop from here on.

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