Artist is first to exhibit at gallery

Matt Hale with artist Zoe Emma Scott.
Matt Hale with artist Zoe Emma Scott.

An artist has become the first to showcase their work at a gallery.

Zoe Emma Scott is delighted to see her work on display at The Time Freezer Gallery in the Royal Quays Outlet Centre, in North Shields.

Owner and photographer Matt Hale had been keen to find budding talents and local artists to display their work, holding a launch night at the gallery for Zoe.

Matt said: “Thanks to some good press coverage and social media activity, I have had a very positive response and I am pleased to say that Zoe’s work will be residing in the gallery for a month and I am also looking forward to welcoming two further artists in November and December.

“Having met with Zoe and viewed her work, it is clear she has a real talent and this is a chance for her to showcase her work to a diverse range of potential customers within a bustling retail environment.”

Zoe, 41, from South Shields, said: “I was alerted to the opportunity when a friend saw the announcement on social media and I was very interested in showcasing my work.

“Art for me has always been a great passion but something that was always on the sideline.

“I had worked for the NHS until an accident in 2013 resulted in a back injury and I was left in chronic pain. This caused me to have extended time off work and painting really helped me keep my mind off what had happened to me and what I was going through.

“Over the years I have developed a niche for painting pictures, including local landmarks, in a whimsical way.

“I love painting with an element of humour and in bright, cheerful colours. I am honoured to be regularly asked to paint personalised paintings for people in my style.

“I developed my style from a young age after developing an affinity for the Brambley Hedge mice. I was absorbed with every detail of the pictures and I enjoy painting with such attention to detail.

“This will be my first exhibition and I am really looking forward to seeing my work within the gallery. I am a big fan of Matt’s work and the way he photographs in such a unique way, so it will be a pleasure to be featured in his gallery.”

In addition to his own collections, Matt also offers bespoke photography services including portraits for families, babies, children and pets as well as weddings and special events.

Royal Quays centre manager Judith Ramshaw said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for Zoe and it is great to see that Matt is utilising his gallery for the benefit of talented north east artists.”

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