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Jane Price


Gallery Owner Mayne Gallery, Fore St, Kingsbridge


How long has the Mayne Gallery been in Kingsbridge? In total it’s been here for 42 years. We made the gallery our own 21 years ago! What inspired you to buy the gallery? I had trained and worked as a nurse for 12 years and Graham founded and ran his own commercial interior construction company. We made the decision we wanted to spend better quality time with our three girls. Graham set up “Creative Frames” working closely with interior designers in the surrounding area and we set about looking for a retail gallery space. Graham found Mayne in Kingsbridge! I had a clear idea of what I wanted to do after being involved in the art industry for four years. I’ve always loved art. Whenever I had a day off from my nurse training in London I would go to one of the many London galleries. How did you develop the gal- lery to make it your own? Mayne was an artist materials supplier with a small gallery when we took it over. We reframed the work we’d inherited and worked tirelessly to transform the space. Within two years we’d made the gallery our own. I’m so happy we made the transition. Our daughters, aged 10, 7 and 4 when we moved, have all helped with and contributed to the gallery over the years. They’ve all thanked me for moving to Kingsbridge and have taken on adventurous lifestyles and creative career paths. What was the first piece of art you sold? I brought down a large painting by artist Tina Schneider, who paints beautiful wildlife watercolours. The first paintings we sold were her polar bear and her huge parrot. Our mandate right from the begin-


ning was to know the artist and know the art. That’s what defined me and the gallery straight away. When peo- ple are interested in a painting they don’t ask how it’s done they say ‘tell me about the artist’. How do you source your art works? We exhibit a selection of local and international artists in the gallery. We work both directly with artists and artist’s agents to source a variety of talent. We attend art fairs nationwide in order to extend the gallery’s audience reach and it also works as a social event for fellow gallery owners. For all the art fairs at which I exhibit, there is an entry fee for attendants, so they are there with a genuine interest in discovering, buying and collecting artwork. My first art fair was Battersea Affordable Art Fair in 2011 and our most recent event was Cambridge Art Fair November 2017, where I was joined by my two youngest daughters Sophie and Emily. I always return to our gallery in Kings- bridge inspired and confident in our diverse collection on sale. Does trade change with the seasons? The South Hams is a beautiful tourist destination so the summer is our busiest time of the year. In the run up to Christmas we sell more glass artwork, jewellery and ceramics, all of which are made by local artists and make for unique gifts. In January we’re flat out with framing and also have a New Year Sale to refresh stock. This year I will take out a week at the end of January to visit my youngest daughter who’s working in the French Alps over the winter. February half term is usually busy and March is our quietest month. I use the quiet times as an opportunity to visit


my eldest daughter in Australia. Tell me about the framing? Graham and Rose make a great framing team. We only use the best conservation standard framing materials all of which are sourced responsibly and sustainably. We have a two-week lead time for customer framing and rarely advertise our services seeing as work comes in thanks to word of mouth. What do you do when you’re not working in the gallery? I do yoga and love the early morning classes at Harbour House and The Hub. Six years ago I decided to do the Moonwalk marathon in London and haven’t stopped walking since. I go straight from my door along the lanes and walk through all the seasons. What do you like about Kingsbridge? Kingsbridge is a very special place, with a lovely variety of independent shops and a friendly community. It’s great to be able to walk everywhere and I love that I don’t have to drive to work. The area is absolutely beautiful. Kingsbridge a great jumping off point for the stunning beaches of the South West. Whenever I get home from being away, the first thing I do is drive to the beach. The sand underfoot and sea breeze makes me feel truly home again and connects me to my girls who all have an affinity for all things ocean and coastal. Who is your favourite artist? Robert Heindel, an American artist synonymous with the world of dance, classic and contemporary in particular. I love the impressionist painters too. I used to go to the Tate gallery to sit and soak in a lovely piece by John Singer Sargeant, entitled ‘Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose’.


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