Seasoned art lover and former gallery owner Leon Suddaby, who ran the well-known Sims Gallery in St Ives and famously represented the late Sir Terry Frost has launched a new online art gallery to encourage and further the prospects of a community of established and emerging artists. After only a few weeks Sims Gallery Online already features a diverse range of original artworks by some 40 independent artists. Asked about his decision to launch a new online gallery during the Coronavirus pandemic, Leon commented “Sims Gallery Online was a concept at the back of my mind for some time during “semi-retirement”. However the catalyst, the event that triggered the decision to act and launch the gallery was the awful Coronavirus pandemic. The changes that this situation will impose on an already-changing art market will, in my opinion be significant. I have for some time been concerned by the recent decline in the market for traditional art, and the absurd “bubble” in the modern art market brought on by the ‘investment potential’ of high-profile “name tag” artworks. As Alfred Munnings once so aptly said, paintings are to enrich our immediate environs… to give pleasure and fond memories”. The gallery promotes original, affordable artworks and features a “try before you buy” feature whereby an artwork can be viewed on various walls, including your own!