Ragleth Gallery started operation in July 2018, and has a collection of paintings, sculpture, photography and various crafts which are delightfully intriguing. It was established by Michael White and Sue Pugh, who moved to Church Stretton in 2016. Sue has a degree in three dimensional design and spent her career as a stop motion animator, and Michael worked for the British Council overseas and managed lively arts programmes in Cuba, Yemen and Ireland. They are both passionate about arts and crafts. They have assembled work by more than seventy artists and craft makers, the majority of them local, and many of them inspired by the beauty of local landscapes and wildlife.
Work in the gallery is continually changing but there is a focus on birds and wildlife, for example three stunning sculptures by Olivia Ferrier, one of a corvid landing, one of an owl and one of a parrot. We also have a magnificent heron by Abbie Lathe and a kingfisher by Nik Burns.
We have a range of paintings of local scenes by Peter Latchford, Josie Crompton, Maggie McKean and Alex Adams as well as prints by Martin Foster, Karen Sillar, Amanda Hillier, Sue Powell and many more.
There are some quite magnificent photographs by two local photographers, Rick Greswell and David Randell, as well as striking prints and cards by Chris Snow featuring birds over Shropshire using Ordnance Survey maps and bird silhouettes.
We have some remarkable ceramics by Ruth Gibson, Claire Seneviratne, Pat Armstrong, John Scott, Mollie Brotherton and David William Sampson.
Our jewellery collection displays an astonishing breadth of designs and techniques but every piece is handmade and original.
The gallery also sells cards, mostly cards made by the artists in the gallery of their own work, and eminently affordable.
And as if that was not enough we also have automata, clocks, lighting, repousse boxes and decoupge skulls, collages, batik, papier mache and copper curiosities: In short, we have something for everyone.
This is a gallery that Church Stretton can be proud of.