Banbury Art Shop celebrates 11 years in town with the launch of its own painting and additional new website


Barry Whitehouse, owner and manager of The Artery, launched his own hand-painted watercolor painting – “Barry’s Paintbox” – to mark his company’s 11th anniversary. (Photo submitted)

The Artery art store on Parsons Street opened 11 years ago this month. Barry Whitehouse, the owner and director of The Artery, has launched his own hand-painted watercolor painting – “Barry’s Paintbox” – to mark the anniversary. “Barry’s Paintbox” includes a range of 14 colors as well as occasional limited edition iridescent colors, such as “Pumpkin Magic”, a semi-glittering orange color.

Following the huge success of their online classes during the lockdown, which will continue, Barry has also created a new sister site to run alongside the store’s main website,, where people can pay and watch games. recordings of all courses, to learn new skills.

There are currently around 50 courses on the site, with more being added every week. Approximately 400 past lessons recorded in the last 14 months will be available, and current lessons will be added in the following days.

Barry Whitehouse, owner and director of The Artery, launched his own hand-painted watercolor painting – ‘Barry’s Paintbox’ – to mark the 11th anniversary of the art shop (shop image submitted)

Barry said: “We hope this new site will encourage more people to indulge in art and creativity because it is a great way to relax. I am learning new things, but also good for mental health. Our goal has always been to make art accessible and affordable, and this additional site will reach even more people. ”

Their courses focus on drawing, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, gouache and calligraphy.

The Artery found itself with a global audience during the containment of the Covid-19. In fact, his online classes have attracted hundreds in each session during the lockdown. Barry Whitehouse, who is also an art teacher, has decided to change his business model slightly due to the lockdown.

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