Monday, 27 September 2021

Mother marks year as gallery director

THE director of a Goring art gallery says she has enjoyed her first year in the role.

THE director of a Goring art gallery says she has enjoyed her first year in the role.

Sarah Whittaker, 51, took over as director of Art @ Goring in High Street from long-standing owners Adam and Mair Johnson, who still work on the framing side of the business.

She has spent the year promoting talent from both the local community and further afield.

Among those to have exhibited at the gallery are Barry Kelly and Bee Thomas, both from Goring, and Anna Dillon, whose art has been exhibited in Henley.

Mrs Whittaker, who is married with two children, said: “The year has been very challenging because of the tough economic climate but I’ve loved every minute and found it tremendously satisfying. I’ve brought in a number of talented local artists who haven’t exhibited before but are now exhibiting all over the country.

“To think they’ve been able to achieve that in just 12 months is fantastic.

“The biggest pleasure is that local people don’t just support me — they think of this place as a gallery for the whole community.”

Mrs Whittaker plans to continue championing local artists and to redesign the gallery’s website.

Art @ Goring’s next exhibition will open on Friday, March 15 and run for at least two weeks.

The show will include pieces by Carolyn Tyrer, Pam Grayburn and Sarah Pye, as well as Kelly and Dillon.

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