New extension of the Unique Glass & Art boutique and gallery in Consett – Consett Magazine
Richard Holden, MP for North West Durham, last Friday opened the new Swordmakers’ Room at the Glass & Art Gallery on Medomsley Road in Consett.
Named after the famous sword-making story of Shotley Bridge, Maralyn and Ron O’Keefe of the Glass & Art Gallery welcomed MP Richard Holden as he unveiled the significant new expansion to their shop and gallery .
The business has been successful for years as a small, family-owned store, showcasing local artists and artisans, offering products from County Durham and the North East. It is also home to the studio of internationally renowned stained glass artist Maralyn O’Keefe.
With a selection on display that previously attracted a particular demographic, the family invited MP Richard Holden, wielding a sword to cut the ribbon, to open his new showroom with products of broader, more masculine appeal, with a view at least to facilitate the purchase of gifts for men.
Comment Richard Holden, MP for North West Durham said: âIt’s fantastic to visit the Glass & Art Gallery again. This is a wonderful local store that celebrates the very best in local artists from Northwest Durham and the North East.
âThis is exactly the kind of local family business that I want to see thrive in our towns and cities and I will do all I can to support and look beyond Covid and our Culture County candidacy.
âI hope this expansion into a new product line will help them thrive for many years to come. I encourage all local people to visit this fantastic local store, especially in the run up to Christmas.
Commenting, Maralyn and Ron said: âThis is an exciting new era for the Museum as we effectively release the business into the 21st century.
âWe chose to name the new expansion ‘The Swordmakers’ Room’ because it recalls the pre-industrial heritage of the region and the skilled craftsmen of Derwentside, without whom Consett would almost certainly not have the rich history she has today. hui.
âWe were very impressed with Richard Holden’s work as a local MP – he is obviously very hardworking and very visible to Consett – and so we were delighted to welcome him to open this new section of the Gallery. “