Wa­ter and tree in­spired gallery’s name

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De­spite its lo­ca­tion Plim­mer­ton’s Bay Gallery didn’t only draw its name from the nearby wa­ter.

In 2004 Daphne Bren­nan had the idea of open­ing a gallery af­ter she had spent a month long paint­ing hol­i­day in Tus­cany where each town had its own gallery.

Af­ter the gallery opened she told the Kapi-Mana News that Daphne is a Greek name and in the Greek myth she turns into a lau­rel tree.

A friend sug­gested the new gallery should be called The Lau­rel Tree gallery which Bren­nan thought was a good idea.

But when the coun­cil came to the flats op­po­site Bren­nans house to fix a wall they dug out a bay tree, also known as a lau­rel tree, that she planted at the front of her gallery.

‘‘It seemed so ap­pro­pri­ate to call it ‘The Bay Gallery’, dou­bly so as Plim­mer­ton has such a lovely bay.’’

Bren­nan, for­merly a den­tal nurse, grew up with a love of art, but never pur­sued it as a ca­reer be­cause it was not re­garded as an ac­cept­able job at the time.

Af­ter nine years Plim­mer­ton’s Bay Gallery is clos­ing due to Bren­nan’s health.

John Fisher, Robyn Hall, Ja­son King and Richard Young are the last artists to ex­hibit in the gallery.

Whitby artist Fisher said they were grate­ful to have had the op­por­tu­nity to be able to show their art to the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

‘‘Daphne gra­ciously do­nated this space to her friends and we have been the lucky last re­cip­i­ents of that gen­eros­ity.’’

‘‘Art in the com­mu­nity is so of­ten de­pen­dent on the gen­eros­ity of some peo­ple.

He said many lo­cal artists had ex­hib­ited in the gallery which has to be sold be­fore July 31.

‘‘It hasn’t just been about purely sell­ing art, I’ve en­joyed the en­gage­ment of the com­mu­nity and other artists.’’

‘‘It’s been fan­tas­tic in that re­gard.’’

The artists plan to have an evening with some lo­cal dig­ni­tar- ies and peo­ple as­so­ci­ated with the gallery be­fore it closes.

‘‘We’ll have some drinks and nib­bles to cel­e­brate Daphne.

‘‘She’s not well enough to at­tend but hope­fully some­one from her fam­ily may come along.’’

The four artists plan to keep their re­la­tion­ship go­ing and will keep the gallery’s Face­book page run­ning. The gallery will be hold­ing a sale from July 23 un­til July 31.

Robyn Hall and John Fisher are two of the last artists to ex­hibit at Plim­mer­ton’s Bay Gallery which is clos­ing this month.

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