In November 2007, Janet Bell and her husband Sean made the move from a tiny little village just outside Chester to the Isle of Anglesey. And so Janet Bell Gallery opened it's doors for the first time on Victorian Evening in The Forum in the pretty town of Beaumaris. What started out initially as just Janet's studio where she painted and sold a couple of her originals, prints and cards has since grown into the gallery she dreamed of owning one day. There was never any masterplan, it just developed naturally following fantastic customer response. It was quickly realised that people seemed to like her style of painting the beautiful Island that she now could proudly call home. Little by little the studio turned into a gallery and it slowly started stocking other bits and pieces that complimented Janet's own art work.
Janet has been a professional artist since 2004 but previously worked for several boutiques, galleries and design-led stores including Habitat. The gallery has a strong concept that it only stocks items that Janet and Sean would have in their own home, from handmade artists and designers that they loved; whether it's a card that they would send, a pair of earrings Janet would wear or a painting that would adorn their wall. It has all come together as a beautiful, quirky and fun mix of unique products that seem to appeal to all ages and guarantee a smile.
After a relocation to an old Lloyds Bank on Beaumaris's busy Castle Street, a stone's throw away from Beaumaris Castle and one road back from the sea, the gallery doubled it's space during Summer 2009. In the new gallery still stands the original giant walk-in strong room, filled to the brim with cards, books and stationary and even the old bank manager's office has also been converted into a bright exhibition room. Janet stills paints in the gallery in what was the old staff room. So you can quite happily spend quite some time here.
2015 new gallery
On the eighth anniversary of opening our first Janet Bell Gallery we opened a brand new gallery on Wall Street in town which now features all of Janet's work to run side-by-side with the current shop which has over sixty other designers', artists' and makers' work.
The two galleries now have seven members of staff between them and are busy all year round with finding new and exciting artists, working on our own in-house range of paintings and design-work for the gallery, keeping our busy website up to date and of course welcoming and helping our loyal customers. We have won three Anglesey Tourism Awards for Best Arts and Crafts on Anglesey and works closely with the community in organising events and bringing high profile attractions to the town.