Water and tree inspired gallery’s name
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.