A GALLERY owner is thrilled as the popular attraction is awarded best in Essex.

Hayletts Gallery owner Sally Patrick is delighted as it was awarded Best Art Gallery in Essex 2021.

The virtual gallery based in Maldon was voted by the public, beating off some of the larger galleries in the county.

The Muddy Stiletto Award celebrates local businesses and industries across 25 counties in various categories.

These include best restaurant, theatre, florist, book shop vintage shop, days out and many more.

On the prestigious award, Sally said: "I would like to take this opportunity the thank my loyal customers for taking the trouble to vote, it worked.

"Especially as Hayletts has been an online gallery since Spring 2020 and is no longer in Maldon High Street"

The gallery holds six online shows a year alongside new artworks continually being added.

Sally is planning to hold at least two major exhibitions a year starting in 2022.

"We have had to adapt quickly over the last 18 months, however, I cannot wait to meet up with my customers next year, many of whom have become friends", Sally added.

Hayletts Gallery’s next online solo show starts October 8 to November 6.

It will feature recent paintings by one of the gallery favourites, Arabella Shand.

For more information visit www.haylettsgallery.com.