In November 2007, Janet Bell and her husband Sean made the move from a tiny little village just outside Chester to the Isle of Anglesey and Janet Bell Gallery opened it's doors for the first time on Victorian Evening in The Forum in the pretty town of Beaumaris.
What started out initially as just Janet's studio where she painted and sold a couple of her originals, prints and cards, has since grown into the gallery she dreamed of owning.
There was never any masterplan, it just developed naturally following fantastic customer response. It was quickly realised that people seemed to like her style of painting the beautiful Island she now proudly called home. Little by little the studio turned into a gallery and it slowly started stocking other items that complimented Janet's own art work.
Janet has been a professional artist since 2004 but previously worked for several boutiques, galleries and design-led stores including Habitat. The gallery has a strong concept and only stocks items that Janet and Sean would have in their own home, from handmade artists and designers that they loved; whether it's a card that they would send, a pair of earrings Janet would wear or a painting that would adorn their wall.
It has all come together as a beautiful and quirky mix of unique products that seem to appeal to all ages and guarantee a smile.
The gallery doubled it's space during the Summer of 2009 after relocating to an old bank on Beaumaris's busy Castle Street - a stone's throw away from Beaumaris castle and one road back from the sea. The property includes many original features such as the original giant walk-in strong room and the old bank manager's office and Janet's studio can be found in the back of the property, in what was the old staff room.
The shop now carries over sixty designers', artists' and makers' work including a stunning range of homewares for all ages.
On the eighth anniversary of opening our first gallery, we opened a second gallery on Wall Street, just around the corner from the first shop in Beaumaris. Janet Bell Gallery features all of Janet's work including originals and prints, and runs side-by-side with Janet Bell Home, for more information and to see the work, please visit the website.
Janet Bell Gallery and Janet Bell - Shop/Studio/Fika have nine members of staff between them and are busy all year round - finding new, exciting artists, working on our own in-house range and keeping our busy two websites up to date, all of this and of course welcoming and helping our new and loyal customers.
We have won three Anglesey Tourism Awards for Best Arts and Crafts on Anglesey and works closely with the community by organising events and bringing high profile attractions to the town.