Cheers to success - pub snaps up local artist’s work

NAKP 1403257AM1 Artist Norma Galley. Picture : Adrian Murray. (1403257AM1)
NAKP 1403257AM1 Artist Norma Galley. Picture : Adrian Murray. (1403257AM1)

Drinkers at Knaresborough’s newest pub will have the opportunity to admire artwork by a local painter after JD Wetherspoon selected pieces for The Crown Inn.

Knaresborough artist Norma Galley has had several of her paintings displayed in other Wetherspoons pubs across the UK but said it was extra special to have her painting displayed in her local pub.

She said: “I have had several pieces in Wetherspoons in different places, including Wakefield, the Wirral and Hull.

“I do like to pop into the pubs which have my work up and have a drink and a look so will make sure I pop into the Knaresborough one to see my work.”

Norma admitted that she has had a sneak preview of The Crown pub on Knaresborough High Street, which is due to open on April 1 after a £1.35m make over.

She said: “I do quite like Wetherspoons pubs so I will be popping in for a drink and a look at my work.”

She added: “When I visited the pub in the Wirral I noticed that someone had stolen the brass plaque with my name on but hadn’t stolen the painting - which I thought was funny.”

Norma said she has painted all of her life and graduated from Bradford College of Art with a BA (Hons) in 1998.

She said: “My work is now semi-abstract whereas before I studied art I used to copy photographs from travel brochures.

“My husband says I got a degree in art and in attitude.”

Norma is still looking for a premises to display her work for the feva festival this year. If you can help, contact her on 01423 863 055.

Norma’s work will soon be on display in Harrogate library with an exhibition running from April 14 to 26..

JD Wetherspoon owns 19 of Norma’s paintings and many others are in private and corporate collections in the UK and USA.

Four pieces of Norma’s work will be on display in The Crown Inn, three of which were bought and one which was commissioned.

The pub giant announced its plans for the Crown Inn in May 2013.

More than 50 jobs to be created at the new pub, which will have a new beer garden.

A spokesperson for JD Wetherspoon said: “The new pub will be open from 8am until midnight Sunday to Thursday, and 8am until 1am on Friday and Saturday. Food will be served throughout the day, until 11pm every day.

“The Crown Inn will specialise in real ales, serving a wide range of beers, including those from local brewers.”

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