Art shop closes down

Wigan art dealer and framer Mike Dipple is the latest victim of the recession
Wigan art dealer and framer Mike Dipple is the latest victim of the recession

AN art shop which has moved premises four times in the last decade is finally putting up the shutters.

The Framing Studio, run by artist, framer and picture restorer Mike Dipple is another victim of the recession.

Currently trading at Golden Days Garden Centre in Shevington, Mike has worked to make a success of the business, opening the Observer Gallery in the former newspaper offices in Rowbottom Square.

The firm then moved to premises on Mesnes Street, as part of a bigger art shop. When that closed, Mike opened in part of the former Smith’s Bookshop just a few doors away. Finally, he located to Golden Days several years ago.

Mike said: “It’s sad making the decision to shut up shop, but business is so quiet. It’s hardly ticking over.

“We were quite busy when we first opened here at Golden Days, but as the recession has bitten deeper and deeper, it’s made it impossible to carry on. Most days are very quiet.

“It’s true it’s been quite a long haul over the years and I’ve decided to leave Golden Days in June. If my son can find another job before that, it will be earlier.”

He is holding a sale of paintings and prints – some with 50 per cent off. He said that he had considered closing to look after his sister Catherine when she was struck down with cancer. Sadly, she died in January.

He added: “Another problem has been large original paintings and prints coming in from abroad and being sold cheaply. It’s impossible to compete.”

He will continue framing and restoring original paintings at home.