An art and crafts shop with wall space to allow local artists to display their work has opened in Market Square. Carousel Too is run by the local artisan co-operative who already run a successful shop called Carousel in Market Street. Inspiration for the pop-up shop, that will stay open until around the end of December, came from the recent six week art, photography and craft exhibition in the former Budgens store, that proved to be extremely popular with estimated sales in the region of £10,000.

Local artist David Brackston who officially opened the exhibition in Falkland Square is pleased to be able to show his work again in Crewkerne at the new shop. One of David’s oil paintings Blue Cottage tells an interesting story. It is a painting of a cottage on a Welsh hill that was a former sweet shop serving the mining community of nearby Merthyr Tydfil. Many of the local artistes who are exhibiting in Carousel Too at 8 Market Square came from this year’s exhibition in the former supermarket premises.

Christine King of Carousel said: “We are very grateful to Stephanie Paterson for letting us have the premises in Market Square rent free for our Winter pop-up shop. We are showcasing local artists and local crafts people.” Carousel Too has opened at the right time when people are looking for Christmas presents. They are also hoping that the shop’s prime position near the town hall will increase footfall to that area of the town and be good news for Crewkerne’s Wednesday market and other businesses nearby.

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