“It’s a step up for us,” Nancy Gibb, of Pro Picture Framing, said of the move she and members of the Fine Line Gallery made to 529 Mowat Ave., where they opened up a bigger and brighter shop Wednesday morning.
“I’m glad there was room for both of us—we’re compatible businesses,” she added.
The two businesses linked up four years ago when the Fine Line Gallery joined Gibb at 318 Scott St., where she’d been operating her framing studio since the early ’90s.
Now located across from Green’s Furniture, where Totally Toys had set up shop prior to Christmas, the shop sports 420 sq. ft. more than the two business previously shared.
“Now we have 980 sq. ft.—and we’re really happy with the location,” enthused Linda Lovisa, who helps run the Fine Line Gallery with fellow artists Jean Richards, Vi Plumridge, Terril Pentney, Mildred Ouellette, Penny Faragher, Ann Evans, Pam Hawley, Pam Brandrick, and James Russell.
Lovisa said although they’d been looking re-locate from Scott Street, they hadn’t expected to find themselves in such a good location.
“Van Green approached us about this place and we knew right away it would work,” smiled Lovisa. “He even gave us a month to come in [beforehand] and paint.
“We’re really grateful for his help,” she added.
“We’re also really grateful for our husbands for being supportive of us being here,” interjected Richards. “And to Doug Gibb for holding the curtain while we painted the window.”
The gallery kicked off its new home with Cher Hogan as its “Artist of the Month.” A display of Hogan’s artwork—including her “Five Working Planes of the North” series—will be featured until April.
A grand opening is slated March 11.