About The Gallery...

The Old Post House

The Elm Gallery is part of The Old Post House in Topcliffe, which is a Grade II listed building dating from the 1700s. The building was bought by Liz and Dave Marsh in October 2015, after having got planning permission to convert the commercial side of the building to a gallery. The rest of the building is their home. In the 1700s, The Old Post House would have been a house or inn for exchanging post-horses and accommodating Workshoppostriders. There is still a very old stable block to the rear of the property where the horses would have been kept and which Liz and Dave now use as a frame making workshop. In more recent times, up to about 35 years ago, The Old Post House was the village post office and still has the original post office window as well as the postbox, which is now sealed.

The Elm Gallery is the second gallery that Liz and Dave have had. Their first gallery was at Addingham Moorside, two miles off the main road and almost on Ilkley Moor. It was in an old barn called The Elm, so it became The Elm Gallery. Over 8 years, the name of the gallery became their trading name and was still used after the first gallery closed. When Liz and Dave bought The Old Post House, they renovated the commercial side of the building and opened in December 2015 as the new Elm Gallery. The new gallery has three rooms of arts and crafts, two on the first floor and one on the first floor. The back room on the ground floor overlooks a delightful walled garden.

The gallery sells Liz and Dave's original paintings, prints and cards and Liz also makes bags, many of which she designs herself. Alongside the artwork, there are many beautiful hand made things created by other people and there's plenty of inspiration for people who are looking for gifts! Please see the Gallery Exhibitors page for more information.

About Liz and Dave...

Liz Clarke and Dave Marsh met at an art show in 2004 and immediately became friends. They soon discovered that they had both always wanted to make a living from art, so to see if people liked their work, they started attending local art and craft fairs, with very positive results. The friendship soon blossomed into a romance and after many years together, they got married in 2013 and Liz became Liz Marsh.


Liz Marsh (Clarke)...
  is a mixed media artist whose work is characterised by strong, vibrant colours. She paints many different subjects, including flowers, foliage, birds, animals, landscapes and mystical themes. You can find out more about Liz on her website where you can also see which of her original paintings are still available to purchase. Prints and cards of Liz's work can be bought online rom this website.



Dave Marsh...
  works mainly in watercolour and gouache, but also works in pastels, usually for animal paintings. He sometimes paints using a restricted palette of blues and greys, which have a very atmospheric quality. Dave's main subjects are rural landscapes and animals. You can find out more about Dave on his website which also tells you which of his original paintings are still available. Prints and cards of Dave's work can be bought online rom this website.