Yes …. it is that time of the year again! Christmas always feels like it comes around again so quickly and I don’t mind that because I love this time of the year – it’s a really lovely, warm, cosy, happy family time for me. Although there are loved ones no longer with me I always feel their presence more around Christmas than at any other time of the year and know that they are gathering too …. keeping those dreams alive and Christmas at heart.Christmas at Heart Gallery is always a ‘family’ gathering too as we all look forward to it so much and start to get excited as soon as the first parcel of work arrives from one of our many talented makers …. we almost feel as if we are gathering around the tree Christmas morning to unwrap our delights! The reality is of course that we are unwrapping them in their new home in Heart Gallery, displaying them for your delight (as well as ours) and watching them get admired, purchased and wrapped ready for their next new home!
This year we do feel that Christmas in Hebden Bridge is a crucial one for all of us. As small independents that were affected by the devastating ‘summer’ flooding back in June and July, we are hoping that our beautiful Hebden Bridge will be a destination for many and that our streets will be alive with locals and visitors eager to support us all and shop locally.
I have had many conversations with customers and friends lately that have all said they really want to try harder this year and buy all their gifts and provisions for Christmas in Hebden Bridge so that is something that has been really uplifting to hear. I personally have never found it difficult to spend in my own town and support both my neighbours on Market Street and traders in the rest of the town throughout the year anyway … to me Christmas is no different in that respect, I just spend more!Being aware that money is a lot tighter for all of us at the moment has meant the type of gorgeous work we have chosen for the Winter and our Christmas Exhibition has had a few restraints put on it so that we can offer a purse friendly range to suit all budgets. One thing that has not changed however is the quality of the work on the shelves and in the cabinets at Heart Gallery!
We have got a superb mix of contemporary jewellery and craft from our local and UK based makers and as we are now an established destination for many of you all these wonderful pieces are under one roof making it so much easier to shop; especially when the weather is a little grim – always warm and sunny in Heart Gallery!
Come along and browse our inviting space for that perfect gift or treat as there is always a warm welcome at Heart Gallery. Please join us on Sunday 4th November, between 12-5pm, for a sneaky peek at all the new work and get yourself in the Christmas Spirit! Glittering jewellery, luxury textiles, functional wood, delicate ceramics, witty glass, paintings and print … the list is endless but we can guarantee you will be able to tick a few off your list after your visit!
See you on the 4th November if you can make it and if not, don’t worry, just pencil us in your diary for a pre-Christmas visit soon and you won’t be disappointed.