New art gallery features family talents

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. “The gallery has a unique approach in selling fine gifts. It is where rustic meets fine art,” said owner Ginger Himes. “We are very excited about it and want to keep our prices reasonable.”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 Jake’s son, Jacob Himes. A self-taught artist, Jacob’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. Joseph’s Monastery in St. Marys. Additional paintings range from a small collection of area barns to still lifes.“We plan to keep rotating artwork every six to eight weeks,” 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 Himes’ painted rock series are among the gallery’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 Faulk’s handpainted turkey feathers, featuring wildlife scenes, are also on display. A relative of the Himes’, 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.“This will give people an idea of how a painting develops,” 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.“We thought about opening a family gallery about two years ago,” Ginger said. “The space was previously Jacob’s taxidermy shop.”The gallery is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., by appointment or by chance if the “open” sign is out.For more on this story, see the Dec. 8th edition of The Daily Press.