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Silver Yard opens in Orton

Silver Yard Gallery

A new gallery will soon be opening at Silver Yard, Orton (Friday 22 March) aiming to be trading in time for the Easter holidays.

Silver Yard Gallery is an arts and craft cooperative made up of 12 local artists and designer makers working in the fields of textiles, glass, ceramics, photography and painting. The shop forms part of the Silver Yard building and there is also a new café deli, which will be opening on the same day.

“The Farmers’ Market has already given Orton a reputation for high quality and individual local produce,” said Jan Hicks, one of the founder members of the Silver Yard Gallery, “and it’s a thriving community with a good local shop, a pub and the chocolate factory. With some great cycling and walking in the local area as well, the new businesses at Silver Yard will build on this reputation and give visitors extra reasons to come to the area and maybe stay a bit longer.”

The 12 members of the Silver Yard Gallery cooperative are Jan Beadle, Christine Crofts, Stephanie Conway, Trisha Fitz, Carola Frank, Jan Hicks, Jana Kahl, Debbie Lucas, Alison Marrs, Linda Moore, Caroline King, Michele Curtis. Several of them live within a few miles of Orton and a number are members of other Cumbrian groups such as The Wool Clip and Blue Tarn.
Their work includes batik, felt pictures and accessories, textile and glass jewellery, hand-woven scarves, rugs, fused glass, photography - from the panoramic to the finest close up - and much more. Prices also range from a few pounds for unique presents to hundreds of pounds for larger scale or precious material pieces.

The Gallery will be open daily from Friday 22 March to Thursday 4 April, then Friday to Tuesday each week from 11am to 4pm. Café deli opening hours will be 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Sunday (closed Mondays).

Silver Yard is located on the edge of Orton village on B6260 towards Appleby. There is parking available alongside the gallery and café deli, and it is only a short walk from the village centre.

“There have been brown signs at Tebay and Shap promising crafts in Orton for several years,” says Jan, “so it is good to know that there will now be plenty of local art and craft on sale when visitors explore the village.”