Ponckle Fletcher (1934-2012)
Ponckle moved to St. Ives in 1978 with her sons. She opened a gallery in her house in Norway Lane, exhibiting her quirky paintings of local scenes, gradually making a name for herself. In 1985 she opened Ponckle’s Gallery on Island Square and started painting cats with views of St. Ives. This was the most prolific period in her career and she was selling her paintings as fast as she could produce them. Ponckle’s Gallery became an important social and artistic meeting place; the terrace was a riot of colour, flowers and jazz music and there was never a dull moment. Ponckle became friends with local artists Hyman Segal, Max Barrett and Patrick Hughes. Other regular visitors to the gallery were Molly Parkin, who lived locally, and George Melly, a regular performer at the St. Ives September Festival whom Ponckle knew from her London jazz days.