A South Derbyshire businesswoman is set to realise her dream of opening an art gallery in the new £3m landmark Piazza building at Mercia Marina.
Maxine Walker had previously managed a gallery for eight years before making the life-changing decision to run her own business.
After walking her dog for many years around Mercia Marina, in Findern Lane, Willington, Maxine decided it would be the ideal location for her own gallery, with its picturesque surroundings and being close to the home she shares with her husband Nigel in Barton-under-Needwood.
The Bluebird Gallery will be situated on the ground floor in the second largest retail unit in the Piazza after the restaurant facing the water.
Maxine said: “I used to love walking my dog along the marina. I just think it’s a fabulous site and that it would be an ideal setting for a gallery.
“When I called the marina there were no units available in the Boardwalk building but there was a possibility of one being available in the new Piazza building.
“I just knew 100% that this would work. We had been looking for somewhere for a while but everywhere was tied up and we would have had to move out of the area.
“This is perfect because it’s right on our doorstep. When we secured the unit we were elated, it was fantastic news.”
Maxine has been busy planning the gallery’s décor and the different artworks she would like to have on display.
“We are planning to have an extensive portfolio and we will be independent. We will have prices to suit all denominations and a range of genres including oil paintings, pencil sketches, glasswork, sculptures, landscape paintings and abstract.
“We’ve got lots of exciting plans for the gallery. I’m busy sorting the technical aspects out, meeting publishers and planning how the gallery will look; there will be lots of clean lines. We are planning to hold events where we will have a featured artist in attendance.”
The gallery is set to open in spring 2018 and for
“Nigel and I met 18 months ago when I sold him some paintings and we got married in the summer last year and now I’m set to open my own art gallery it’s safe to say the last two years have been a bit of a whirlwind.”
Mercia Marina opened in September 2008 following an investment of more than £6m.
Located in the heart of England, it is an ideal destination for boat owners and holiday-makers alike.
The marina, which is one of the largest in Europe, offers approximately 600 berths with direct access to the historic Trent & Mersey canal as well as the extensive Midlands river network.
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