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Pembrokeshire Life Magazine December 2010 - ‘Room To Develop’.

"One of Pembrokeshire’s most exciting young fine art photographers has a new showcase in the heart of Tenby"

Little more than a year after taking the plunge and opening his first gallery on Milford Marina, fine art photographer Gary Llewellyn has moved to larger premises in Tenby.

"I loved being in Milford and being part of the community around the marina, but I discovered fairly quickly that I needed more space, both to work in and to hang my pictures," he said.

"Several of my images are quite large, and I couldn’t show them to their best advantage. So I began to look around for new premises in a good position, and I was delighted to find exactly what I was looking for in Frog Street in Tenby."

Not only is the new gallery space big enough to display Gary’s wide range of unusual and evocative Pembrokeshire landscapes, there is room at the rear of the gallery for him to work on mounting and framing his images while still keeping one eye on the shop.

"By doing the framing myself, it means that I am in complete control of the process, from start to finish." he said. "I take the photographs, print them, mount them and frame them all myself. Apart from anything else, it keeps down the purchase price of the finished item."

Gary, who lives in Keeston, relies on his parents to take over the running of the gallery from time to time to allow him to carry on building up his portfolio of images.

"Because I am from the north of the county, most of my work has tended to come from that area, so now I am busy exploring the south," he said. "But don’t expect any ‘chocolate box’ views of Tenby harbour or Carew castle - there are plenty of people doing that sort of thing very well. I’ll be looking for something a bit more quirky and original."

Gary says that he is delighted with the comments and feedback the spacious new gallery has attracted from locals and tourists alike, and he is also pleased that the additional space has allowed him to showcase the work of two craft-makers he very much admires, glass-worker Steve Robinson and jewellery-maker Phillipa Lawrence.

"I know I have only been here for a few months, but I’m delighted with the way everything is going," he said

Pembrokeshire LIFE