ASHVILLE - Those interested in unique pieces of artwork in an array of mediums can visit a new gallery in Ashville that might be worth browsing through.
The Greenwood Shoppe and Gallery, which is located next to the Ashville General Store along Route 474, has opened and is displaying several local artists. Jackie Francis, Greenwood Shoppe and Gallery owner, said people can find paintings, ceramics, wood carvings, quilts, photographs, watercolors, beaded necklaces and bracelets and several other forms of art inside the business.
''My mission is to have a gallery to show off artists," she said. ''We have all sorts of mediums.''
Ben Beckwith and Jackie Francis inside the new art gallery business The Greenwood Shoppe and Gallery located in Ashville next to the Ashville General Store.
P-J photo by Dennis Phillips
The shop includes paintings from Aspire artist like Carrie Ann Haas, Eric Morrison and Henry Wesley; photographs by Judy Wroda; watercolor paintings by Nancy Whitermore; wood work by Ben Beckwith; quilts by Susan Guenther; Daniel Manchini paintings; Debbie Roller handmade purses; and wood craftings by Pete Swanson.
''We wanted to create a space to show the off the vibrant, creative community around us,'' said Beckwith, who helped design the gallery's layout. ''We had an idea and things started to come together.''
Ms. Francis said Greenwood Shoppe and Gallery is reaching out to all artist that would like a place to display their work. From setting up art shows to selling pieces, Ms. Francis said interested artists should call her at 763-3369 to discuss the opportunity to be part of Greenwood's many displays.
Ms. Francis said proceeds from some of the artwork goes to help charitable organizations like Tom and Sally Baer's Six Baer Essentials, a business that helps the less fortunate in Ethiopia receive food, shelter, water, clothing, health and an education.
Also, a wood crafting by Swanson of a fire truck, which is on display inside the Ashville General Store, will be auctioned off during the benefit for the two injured Panama fireman.
The auction will be held Monday, Dec. 19, at the Chautauqua Lake Auction Center and Banquet Facility, which is located at 2118 Magnolia Ave., Ashville.
The business also sells Common Sense baby oils, lotions and soaps.
Ms. Francis said Greenwood hours are still being arranged, but the gallery is open from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and open by appointment. For more information, call 763-3369.