Artist opens gallery in Pateley Bridge
Last updated Jun 7, 2023
James Owen Thomas seen here at the opening with Professor David Hill.

An artist whose gallery officially opened in Pateley Bridge last weekend has thanked local people for their support.

James Owen Thomas is known for his environmental activism through art.  Much of the art on display in his gallery highlights issues on this topic and in particular single use plastics.

He was recently commissioned by Whitewoods Wellbeing near Bewerley, where he is the artist in residence, to create a collage of trees.

His latest collage involved collaging a Van Gogh portrait using discarded national lottery scratch cards. This was sold to a buyer in Leeds who visited the gallery.

James, who has lived in Pateley Bridge for more than 10 years, said:

“This is an area of outstanding natural beauty so I feel very lucky to live here and I am inspired in my art by all the nature in the local surroundings.”

“The idea of the official opening was to invite everyone local as a way of thanking them for their support and for them to see how I am developing my art business. “

Among those attending the opening was North Yorkshire deputy lieutenant, Professor David Hill, who gave a talk on environmental issues and praised James’ art for making a positive statement.

The gallery is open 11am to 3pm Wednesday to Friday. The Ripon City Photographic Society is also exhibiting at the gallery until July 30.

James (right) displays one of the pieces in the gallery.

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