A group of Brixham-based creative people have joined together to create a ‘pop-up’ shop and bring some colour into the retail scene in the town. Initiated by Brixham Chamber member, local artist Lynne Peets, the chance came along to do something positive and give an empty shop a “makeover”.
Lynne invited 6 other local art and craft persons to exhibit their wares and with their help – and their partners – within only 3 days, the shop was cleaned, given a lick of paint, filled with art and craft and a lovely window display which turned an eyesore into an eye catcher.
As Lynne explained; “Like so many others, we were upset to see empty shop premises left dirty and untidy spoiling the image of the town when “Pride in Brixham” and other traders have worked tirelessly to raise standards. Since we launched, we have had so many compliments. The neighbours are very grateful, residents appreciate the opportunity to purchase products created locally and tourists can take away a genuine Brixham made souvenir”.
Each art or craft exhibitor hosts the shop 1 day a week allowing the customers to meet the artists and discuss special and personalised requirements. A sign hangs on the door illustrating the rota each day which includes artist Janet Bolland, Emma Dailly textiles, photographer Chris Slack, artist Pru Preston, ceramic artist Gail Trezise, jewellery maker Michele Baker and of course, Lynne herself.
Each week throughout the season an invited guest will be exhibiting for added interest.
As Lynne said; “This part of town is becoming a quirky, creative hub with two shops with up-cycled furniture and decor, sewing supplies with beautiful hand made items and lessons, model and art supplies, upholstery, Mr Brown’s linen, chandler supplies, children’s boutique, Antiques and Bric-a-Brac, hairdressing, natural wool articles, artisan bakery, art galleries and many more and now The Colours Of Brixham- Arts and Craft. We really hope all the residents and visitors will enjoy and support the creative developments in this beautiful town.”