EXCITING times are ahead for the Beach Hut Gallery as a fresh season beckons and its 2019 exhibition programme opens with Three Shires, a wide ranging show of paintings and ceramics, fused glass and drawings, from Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancashire, courtesy of artists Jo Powell, Christine Baines, Lesley Edmondson, Heather Davies, Mandy Dorman, Sally Toms, Daniel Cooper and Derek Setford.

The Beach Hut Gallery first flung open its creative doors way back in November 2009.

The gallery, which is part of Kents Bank Station, near Grange-over-Sands, nestled next to the railway on the promenade, overlooking the inspiring and sweeping panorama of Morecambe Bay.

Beach Hut is managed by a co-operative of artists. Founder members were Beverley White, Judy Evans, Tina Balmer and Chris Benefield. Apparently, they held a short trial exhibition in August 2009 and were overwhelmed by the people who visited the show and bought work. Following a refit and redecoration helped by donations from the Cooperative Society NW and Northern Rail, Beach Hut Gallery officially opened. With its tenth anniversary on the horizon, the gallery remains a cooperative with the ethos of ‘helping artists help themselves,’ managed by printmaker and painter, Beverley White; painter, Laura Pendlebury; ceramicist, Sally Toms; fused glass maker, Fran Brown; and Martin Copley, who creates ceramic sculpture. Judy Evans remains a director, with Susan Pettman and Clyde Olliver associate members.

Three Shires runs until April 28. Opening hours are 10.30am-5pm, Thursday to Sunday and bank holidays.

For further information visit www.thebeachhutgallery.co.uk.