AN ART gallery in Egremont is looking forward to welcoming back customers through the doors again this week.

Lowes Court Gallery in Egremont reopened yesterday (July 28) and will be opening three days a week initially on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

The organisation turned to their Facebook page to sell items during the lockdown, which they will continue to do , but Gareth Harrison from Lowes Court said they are looking forward to seeing their customers again.

He said it has been a difficult few months, but they have taken the opportunity to fully redecorate the outside of the building, as well as doing interior painting and repairs.

There will be five specially featured artists exhibiting during August.

Ruth Moore and Sue Cosham will be showing their textile artworks. Ruth works mainly in needle felting, often using Herdwick fleece, and Herdwick sheep feature largely in her work. Sue uses all types of recycled fabrics and materials to build up layers. Landscapes, flowers and drystone walls are represented in fascinating colours and textures.

Dawn Mills, a specialist printmaker, will be showing some of her latest artworks portraying seas and skies inspired from living on the West Cumbrian coastline in St Bees. She experiments with different techniques, allowing a more creative and playful approach to making art. Her new works are all monotype prints, a one-off process of manipulating the ink which is the most painterly method among the printmaking techniques – a combination of printmaking, painting and drawing. The end result of this method is that no two prints are alike. Some of these pieces are on a large scale and well suited to the gallery setting.

Liz Sellers will be showing a selection of watercolour paintings, mostly flowers, painted during lockdown from specimens grown in her own garden.

She took up painting as a hobby when looking for a pastime on winter afternoons and joined Gosforth and District Art Society. She tried out other mediums before settling on her preferred watercolour.

The Cumbrian coastline, fells and lake shores have inspired Gillian Vaudrey, who works in a variety of mediums. Her subjects range from a native otter at Bassenthwaite to flower pieces, taken from her garden. As with the textile artists, texture and colour feature prominently in her work.

In addition to the five featured artists, the gallery also has a range of locally produced arts and crafts, including paintings by other gallery artists, prints and cards, glassware, jewellery and wood.

The gallery, on Main Street, Egremont, will be open three days a week from 10am to 1pm.