Craig Thorpe & Kel­lie Shep­pard

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What do you do?

We’ve just opened a small gallery in Bright called Goats and Lions Art which is lo­cated down the lane at the back of the old post office.

I un­der­stand you’re dis­play­ing your own work and that of other artists and crafts­peo­ple?

We had been look­ing to do some­thing like this for a lit­tle while and wanted an av­enue to sell our own things but also pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for other home-based busi­nesses to test the re­tail mar­ket and get a lit­tle more ex­po­sure. We’ve got a theme of nat­u­ral, neu­tral, re­cy­cled, up­cy­cled and hand­made and have es­sen­tially hand-picked other artists whose work we re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate. It’s only a small space but the weekly cost is less than what it costs to have mar­ket stall once a month. It’s all lo­cal work and in­cludes gem­stone jew­ellery, sketch draw­ings, small wooden dec­o­ra­tions, plant hang­ings and pots, and dif­fer­ent metal ob­jects.

Is metal work some­thing the two of you have al­ways done?

I’ve al­ways done a lit­tle bit but some of the other things I’m now mak­ing with river stones have only been in the last 12 months now that I can’t work for an em­ployer be­cause of my health. Craig’s a fit­ter and turner by trade but got out of the steel in­dus­try for 20 years to work as a chef and is now ob­vi­ously back do­ing metal work. He’s also do­ing a bit of com­mis­sion work for some hous­ing de­vel­op­ments at the mo­ment.

Do you have any plans to grow what you’re cur­rently do­ing?

We do. Come spring we hope to bring in a small forge down here and do some demos as well as in­vite other artists in for work­shops and to share what they do. How long have you been in Bright? We’ve both been here since 2015.

What do you love about Bright?

Craig: The des­ig­nated four sea­sons which you don’t get in many places. For ex­am­ple, I lived in Western Aus­tralia for four years where it’s ei­ther hot or cold.

Kel­lie: I love the free­dom and in­de­pen­dence for the kids. Bright is such a safe and in­clu­sive com­mu­nity, the kids might head down to the park by them­selves on the week­end and you don’t have too many fears be­cause gen­er­ally some­one that knows them is go­ing to see them and if there is any con­cerns some­one will ring us. We have a 14 year-old and the other thing is how the lo­cal busi­nesses are so will­ing to give teenagers op­por­tu­ni­ties to get into the work­force and learn.

What do you do in your spare time?

With five kids spare time mainly con­sists of run­ning them around to their ac­tiv­i­ties. When there is time to re­lax we just like en­joy­ing what Bright has to of­fer such as go­ing to the river in summer.

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