On the morning of the 3rd June 2017 we opened our doors for the first time, with the ribbon cutting conducted by John Lawrence. John has illustrated over 200 books including Watership Down, and has worked with authors including Philip Pullman. In 1986 he supplied the illustrations to Charles Causley’s Collected Poems for Children, so forging a connection with Launceston. We are very grateful he found time to do the honours for us.
We also had in attendance the town's deputy mayor Dave Gordon and town crier Rob Tremain, who stole the show as usual with his wonderful oratory - just as well because we'd been working flat out right until the early hours of Saturday morning and hadn't prepared anything to say!
Zebediahs is a great adventure and it was a race against time to get it open for the start of the Causley Festival and St. Mary's flower festival. The shop looked amazing; bright, airy and crammed with beautiful things to look at and buy, and the new cash register was kept busy for most of the first day. A display in the front window pays homage to Norman Preston, the local watercolour landsscape painter who ran the shop over 30 years ago as Tamar Gallery and Antiques, and was also the father of John Preston who together with his wife Suzie are behind the Zebediahs co-operative.
There has been an enormous amount of positivity and enthusiasm for the project so far with 25 talented local artists and craftspeople involved. The White Room Gallery at Zebediahs will soon host a series of exhibitions and workshops including a programme of themed shows as part of our 'Freespace' initiative. We are looking forward to having some local schools use the exhibition space too. Our vision of combining high quality craftwork with fine art looks set for success. We hope it will prove to be a bonus for the town and set an example of what can be achieved when people work together to combine resources.