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Sea Pictures Gallery, in Clare near Haverhill and Sudbury, reaches its 20th anniversary





The owner of a gallery in Clare is celebrating 20 years in business.

Sea Pictures Gallery, in Well Lane, has been in Clare (which sits halfway between Haverhill and Sudbury) for 16 years since Sarah Pugh and husband Alaric moved to the town, but it actually began its life four years before that in south London.

To celebrate this achievement, from January 25 for one month, the gallery is offering a 20 per cent reduction on everything that it sells.

Sarah Pugh inside Sea Pictures Gallery in Clare, which is celebrating 20 years in businessPicture: Mecha Morton
Sarah Pugh inside Sea Pictures Gallery in Clare, which is celebrating 20 years in businessPicture: Mecha Morton

Some pieces, such as original book illustrations, are being discounted by more than 50 percent.

Sarah, the gallery’s owner and picture-framer, who also represents Whepstead and Wickhambrook on West Suffolk Council, said: “We are excited to be celebrating 20 years in business and hope that our loyal customers and visitors discovering us for the first time will appreciate these discounts but it is only until 24th February.

“From small beginnings in South London and then at pop up exhibitions in Suffolk and Essex, we have grown to become an established part of the commercial life of Clare and of the wider arts and tourism picture.

Sea Pictures Gallery in Well Lane, Clare has been in business for 20 yearsPicture: Mecha Morton
Sea Pictures Gallery in Well Lane, Clare has been in business for 20 yearsPicture: Mecha Morton

“We have worked closely with members of the Royal Society of Marine artists for most of the life of the gallery.

“We sponsor a prize at their annual exhibition in the Mall Galleries in order to give back to the artists who support us with their work.

“We represent professional artists who are members of the main art societies in the UK such as the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours (RI); the Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA) and Society of Wood Engravers (SWE).

“We also represent ceramic artists from the Anglian Potters and the Craft Potters Association.

Owner, Sarah Pugh, looking through some of the art at Sea Pictures Gallery in ClarePicture: Mecha Morton
Owner, Sarah Pugh, looking through some of the art at Sea Pictures Gallery in ClarePicture: Mecha Morton

“In addition, we carry a wide variety of printmakers from as far a field as North Wales, Dorset and the Highlands! All the books and cards in the gallery are by the artists we represent as well.

“What makes us different to many galleries is we visit our artists in their studios so we know them all very well.

“Visitors really appreciate our in-depth knowledge of the artist who has made the piece they have chosen and as many visit us too, you can often find yourself deep in conversation with the maker.

“My husband Alaric and I are very proud of our achievement.”