Keep little love-birds happy by spreading romance in Wendover

Melanie Bird with her Valentine's exhibition at the A Little Bird Told Me Gallery
Melanie Bird with her Valentine's exhibition at the A Little Bird Told Me Gallery

LOVERS who struggle to buy Valentine’s gifts for each other may have some help this year – thanks to a new exhibition in Wendover.

Until February 14 the High Street’s A Little Bird Told Me Gallery is hosting a display showing romantic images by up-and-coming artists.

MCBH week 02'rd'Melanie Bird with her Valentine Exhibition

MCBH week 02'rd'Melanie Bird with her Valentine Exhibition

Around 60 prints are on offer, costing between £20 and £150.

Melanie Bird, 50, started the gallery in 2009 after 12 years working as a picture framer in a fine-art gallery. The business is best known for selling limited signed prints by artists such as Quentin Blake.

Mrs Bird believes the Valentine’s exhibition will prove popular because it is ‘something different for a Valentine’s gift’.

“It is just a small exhibition of heart-based work and love, by artists that we have at the Little Bird Gallery.

“All of them are emerging contemporary artists. We have one from Caroline Gardner, who does a lot of designs for greeting cards.

“The couple from her we have in the shop are dogs in love – which is very sweet. Another artist some people might now is a girl called Sam Toft. Her work is based in Brighton.

“It’s mostly beach huts, seasides and cartoons.”

Mrs Bird hopes the display ‘will attract people who haven’t been before’.

“It is in an old converted barn. It used to be a post office and it has a lovely atmosphere.”

Overall, prints on sale cost between £20-£260. The more expensive prints are often limited editions, which have been signed by the well-known artist who created the original.

Mrs Bird is particularly proud of her prints from Quentin Blake. She said: “We have some prints from his own books and also prints from his illustrations in Roald Dahl books such as Matilda and The BFG.”

Mrs Bird believes prints of artworks are becoming increasingly popular.

She said: “It is getting more acknowledged. It’s an affordable way to get something beautiful on your wall.

“People are getting to understand what a limited edition print means. Also how collectable the prints can become.”

She expects ‘85 per cent’ of the customers who buy from the Valentine’s exhibition to be women.

And she joked: “But I expect we will see men running in on the last day – like they do on Christmas Eve.”

The gallery is open 10am-5pm Tuesday-Saturday, and 11am-4pm on Sundays.

The address is The Barn Courtyard, 25 The High Street, Wendover.

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