By Nick Brownlee
It’s the end of an era at a popular Langholm art gallery – but it also promises to be business as usual.
Phil Gunn, the owner of the Art Corner Gallery on the High Street, is stepping down after more than 20 years and handing over the keys to his friend and fellow artist Janet Carson.
Originally from Stoke-on-Trent, Phil opened his gallery in the Muckle Toon in 2000. Over the years he has displayed work by many local artists including Drew Weatherstone and Colin Blanchard, as well as his own.
“I have absolutely loved it, but I hit 71 at Christmas and now is the time to step back and do other things,” Phil said. “I’ll be teaching karate – I’m a 6th Dan – as well as painting and enjoying playing the guitar.”
Janet, an artist and graphic designer from Canonbie, met Phil in the gallery and when she heard he was considering retirement she jumped at the chance to take over the reins.
She said: “Phil’s a Langholm legend and it’s a real honour to be stepping into his shoes. I’ll be doing my best to keep up all the good work he’s been doing for the last 20 years.”