Saturday, July 12: New gallery opens in Budleigh Salterton

PUBLISHED: 16:14 12 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:17 10 June 2010

BUDLEIGH Salterton mayor Chris Kitson recently attended the opening of a new town art gallery. The Art Room, at South Farm, is the creation of Budleigh businesswoman Karen Ritchie, who runs two interior design shops in the town, and Deborah Wood, a former

BUDLEIGH Salterton mayor Chris Kitson recently attended the opening of a new town art gallery.The Art Room, at South Farm, is the creation of Budleigh businesswoman Karen Ritchie, who runs two interior design shops in the town, and Deborah Wood, a former Exeter gallery manager.To launch the new venture the pair have secured Cornish artist Zoe Cameron's figurative work of children, animals and women.Said the artist: "As a child I had strong bonds with animals - this has never left me. Through my imagery, I like to identify and investigate those intense relationships."I often invest my own psycho - physical qualities in the figure, sometimes the animal. It is the different kinds of friendship between the two that makes me wonder, the discovery and use of power in these relationships, the simplicity and complexity of a moment, the transitory nature of our lives, this is all part of my narrative."Gallery co-owner Deborah Wood said: "It's a real triumph for a new gallery to have someone of her standing agreeing to show. We are thrilled and hope our visitors will also be thrilled by her beautiful, thought provoking figurative paintings".Karen and Deborah hope to exhibit a mix of eclectic and contemporary paintings, regional artists and European paintings.Their aim is to give grounding to contemporary art, to make it 'accessible' and show that it is rooted in a history of painting.

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