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Art connoisseurs now have a new venue to peruse at The Himes Art Gallery, which recently opened its doors on Nov. 26.
Located at 840 Shelvey Summit Rd. in Kersey, the family-owned gallery features acrylic and oil paintings, photographs, chalk drawings and nature scenes painted on small rocks and turkey feathers.
â€śThe gallery has a unique approach in selling fine gifts. It is where rustic meets fine art,â€ť said owner Ginger Himes. â€śWe are very excited about it and want to keep our prices reasonable.â€ť
Among the items for sale at the gallery are original and print pieces, available either framed or unframed.
Upon entering the gallery, visitors can view a wide range of paintings by Ginger and her husband Jakeâ€™s son, Jacob Himes. A self-taught artist, Jacobâ€™s pieces include landscapes and wildlife. One wall features paintings inspired by local scenes, including a train, an antique car show, downtown Ridgway, South Street Botanical Gardens in Ridgway and St. Josephâ€™s Monastery in St. Marys. Additional paintings range from a small collection of area barns to still lifes.
â€śWe plan to keep rotating artwork every six to eight weeks,â€ť Himes said.
Tanya Himes, a local photographer, has her pieces on display in the adjacent room. They include outdoor scenes, landscapes and various animals. Tanya attended the Stratford Career Institute online for photography.
A third room includes artwork by Ginger, a longtime art instructor. The room features her well-known chalk drawings, many of which are religiously inspired. Her how-to DVDs are also available for purchase.
Jake Himesâ€™ painted rock series are among the galleryâ€™s pieces. The collection includes intricate scenes of lighthouses and fishes, all of which are painted on miniature rocks, measuring 3x4 inches in diameter. On the back of each rock is a Bible scripture reference pertaining to its subject. He has also completed several whimsical wooden fish cutouts.
In addition, Bethanne Faulkâ€™s handpainted turkey feathers, featuring wildlife scenes, are also on display. A relative of the Himesâ€™, the family invited her to show her framed pieces.
Ginger said she hopes to offer a line of greeting cards in the future. Jacob is currently working on a new series of animal sculptures. Eventually, the gallery will host art lessons, specifically one-day sessions, along with live painting demonstrations.
â€śThis will give people an idea of how a painting develops,â€ť Ginger said.
Ginger explained that it took approximately six months to prepare the gallery. Much of the design of the space was completed by Tanya.
â€śWe thought about opening a family gallery about two years ago,â€ť Ginger said. â€śThe space was previously Jacobâ€™s taxidermy shop.â€ť
The gallery is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., by appointment or by chance if the â€śopenâ€ť sign is out.
For more on this story, see the Dec. 8th edition of The Daily Press.