The Coach-house Gallery takes its name from its original ‘home’, when in 1975 a group of practising artists, transformed the coach- house at the Braye du Valle into a gallery. Five years later it settled permanently at Les Islets, St. Pierre-du-Bois.
The sympathetically restored complex of old farm buildings and cottages which in 1982 received a commendation from the United Kingdom Civic Trust for the conversion, provides an attractive setting an art gallery and an etching studio. Separately across the courtyard is the Framecraft art shop supplying artists’ materials, gifts and an excellent framing service.
The light and airy gallery, which is on two floors, enjoys a wide recognition nationally for a standard of excellence built up over the years by the policy of its directors.
The present directors are Rodney Brache and Jeffrey Brache, both who are actively involved in the day-to-day operation of the gallery and shop.
The spacious upstairs gallery is normally reserved for invited artists, with exhibitions changing month by month. Downstairs, a wide selection of local subject matter consisting of watercolours, oils and original prints is on display. Sculpture, glass and excellent craft work are similarly on show.
The exhibits command a wide price range, which makes the Gallery well worth a visit. Even if you do not expect to be a purchaser you will still be very welcome.
The gallery is open all the year round, excluding Sundays and Bank Holidays from 11am until 5pm.
Admission is free and there is ample car parking space available.