‘Recession puts people off buying art,’ says Berkhamsted gallery

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THE recession is putting people off buying art, said the co-owner of a town centre gallery.

Jo-Bryant was talking to the Gazette to promote the spring exhibition at The Upstairs Gallery in Berkhamsted High Street, which runs until Saturday, June 9.

Demand by artists to have their work displayed during it was so high that she split it into two parts, with different work to go into each one.

The first runs until Saturday, May 12, and the second from Tuesday, May 15. But she said sales at the display, which began on Tuesday, April 17, have been low.

She said: “We are feeling the recession, I have to say. Lots of people are looking and we have sold a few pieces and some key pieces will obviously sell.

“But I do not think many people have much money at the moment and stuff like this is a luxury, so if you are counting the pennies, this is the first kind of thing you cut back on.

“Selling art is not all we are focused on in The Way Inn. We are here to support local artists and if we are just able to show their work, that’s a good thing.

“We are a charity and do not have to pay rent, and this is a tough market.”