Craig Thorpe & Kellie Sheppard
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.