Artist launches her own gallery

Artist Tori Gower in her newly opened North Cliff Gallery, in North Marine Road. Picture by Andrew Higgins 120826a 22/02/12
Artist Tori Gower in her newly opened North Cliff Gallery, in North Marine Road. Picture by Andrew Higgins 120826a 22/02/12

A YOUNG artist has realised her lifelong dream by opening her own art gallery in Scarborough.

Tori Gower, 24, of Osgodby, launched the North Cliff Gallery in North Marine Road two weeks ago.

Artist Tori Gower's newly opened North Cliff Gallery, in North Marine Road. Picture by Andrew Higgins 120826d 22/02/12

Artist Tori Gower's newly opened North Cliff Gallery, in North Marine Road. Picture by Andrew Higgins 120826d 22/02/12

The achievement is the culmination of a lot of hard work and strong support from her family.

Tori, who is originally from Leeds, studied Fine Art at York University and has lived in Scarborough for the past few years.

She has been working on commissions, but was always keen to open her own gallery and jumped at the chance when the North Marine Road premises came up.

Tori said: “It’s going really well - so far so good!

“I’ve had some more commissions and everyone has been really supportive.

“We’ve had quite a good footfall with lots of people coming in to have a look.”

The gallery is currently open four days a week, from Wednesday to Saturday, with Tori also working part-time at a stables in Cayton.

The work on display is mainly her own and there are also items from other locals artists, such as Pete Lapish and Ian Horton.

Tori works mainly in oil on canvas, but she also works in watercolour and acrylics.

She has also painted on to surfboards, which feature eye-catching colours.

She said: “I love surfing, so that inspires a lot of my work. I started surfing six years ago and as soon as I got into it, it came into my artwork.

“It was the original reason I wanted to move to Scarborough.”

Tori has been painting ever since she was a child and focused on painting horse portraits as a teenager.

She says she is loving being by the coast and believes Scarborough is a great place to be an artist, adding: “There are lots of galleries in the area.

“It’s a really good place to be.”

People are welcome to come and visit the gallery, from Wednesdays to Saturdays. Tori is hoping that in the future she will be able to open the gallery to the public full time.