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Art exhibitions resume at Chappel Galleries following three-month closure due to coronavirus lockdown




An art gallery in Chappel has reopened after being closed for three months during the coronavirus lockdown.

Edna Battye, owner of Chappel Galleries, said the venue’s spacious nature meant social distancing could be conducted relatively easily.

“We have a lot of space here, so it hasn’t been a problem,” she said. “People can come in, walk around four rooms in the gallery, and then exit through the sculpture gardens to the car park.”

Chappel Galleries has reopened to the public after being closed during lockdown to showcase a coastal scenes watercolours exhibition with a range of sculptures...Pictured: Sculpter Jonathan Clarke with his piece 'Dive'...PICTURE: Mecha Morton.... (37033015)
Chappel Galleries has reopened to the public after being closed during lockdown to showcase a coastal scenes watercolours exhibition with a range of sculptures...Pictured: Sculpter Jonathan Clarke with his piece 'Dive'...PICTURE: Mecha Morton.... (37033015)

Exhibitions currently being showcased at the gallery in Colchester Road, which focuses on contemporary fine art, include a series of watercolour paintings depicting coastal scenes by Edna’s husband, Wladyslaw Mirecki, along with a range of bold sculptures crafted by Jonathan Clarke.

Chappel Galleries has reopened to the public after being closed during lockdown to showcase a coastal scenes watercolours exhibition with a range of sculptures...Pictured: Sculpter Jonathan Clarke with his piece 'Frame of Reference'...PICTURE: Mecha Morton... (37033043)
Chappel Galleries has reopened to the public after being closed during lockdown to showcase a coastal scenes watercolours exhibition with a range of sculptures...Pictured: Sculpter Jonathan Clarke with his piece 'Frame of Reference'...PICTURE: Mecha Morton... (37033043)

Mrs Battye said her husband enjoyed focusing on paintings of coastal scenes as they could help to uplift people’s moods.

The exhibition is being staged until Sunday, July 19.

Chappel Galleries has reopened to the public after being closed during lockdown to showcase a coastal scenes watercolours exhibition with a range of sculptures...Pictured: Wladyslaw Mirecki...PICTURE: Mecha Morton.... (37033010)
Chappel Galleries has reopened to the public after being closed during lockdown to showcase a coastal scenes watercolours exhibition with a range of sculptures...Pictured: Wladyslaw Mirecki...PICTURE: Mecha Morton.... (37033010)
Chappel Galleries has reopened to the public after being closed during lockdown to showcase a coastal scenes watercolours exhibition with a range of sculptures...Pictured: Edna Battye......PICTURE: Mecha Morton.... (37033013)
Chappel Galleries has reopened to the public after being closed during lockdown to showcase a coastal scenes watercolours exhibition with a range of sculptures...Pictured: Edna Battye......PICTURE: Mecha Morton.... (37033013)