Everybody’s been hit hard by the current economic climate, none more so than the arts community. So it takes a special kind of courage to open a new art venue in the midst of this ongoing financial downturn.
But that’s exactly what Troy photographer Debra Lockrow is doing today, as she celebrates the grand opening of her new exhibit space/store Artcentric Gift Gallery, located at 95 4th St. in downtown Troy.
The opening reception takes place 5-9pm today (Friday, June 26) in conjunction with the monthly Troy Night Out arts walk. Acoustic roots-music band the Hopeless Mountain Playboys entertain beginning at 6pm.
NIPPERTOWN: How exactly would you describe a “gift gallery”?
ARTCENTRIC: The store is a mix of fine arts and unique crafts made by local artists. The prices are reasonable and allow people the opportunity to shop local and support the community. I added “gift” to gallery in the name in the hope that people would venture in and not be afraid that a “gallery” was out of the realm of their financial reality. As far as prices go, I’m selling magnets for $1 and paintings for $300.
NIPPERTOWN: You’re just getting started, but what are your plans for the future?
ARTCENTRIC: I am planning on having individual artists exhibit in the future. I would also like to make space available if an instructor wanted to teach a class at Artcentric. I think that I’ll be hosting some special events, too – mural painting for small children and a dog-friendly event. Things like that.
NIPPERTOWN: You also have another business?
ARTCENTRIC: Yes, the store also serves as the business office for ART Photography, which is my wedding photography business. One of the storefront windows is all weddings all the time, while the other window represents the store and the gallery.
NIPPERTOWN: Do you have regular days/hours that the shop is open?
ARTCENTRIC: I am still working that out, because weddings make some Saturdays and Friday evenings out of the question for me. But in general, it looks like Wednesday (11-5), Thursday (11-4), Friday (11-6 or as late as people come in), Saturday (11-6) and Sunday (11-3 or later). I’m leaving the weekly hours on the answering machine (272-4ART), so people can call to check.
NIPPERTOWN: Well, thanks for chatting with us and good luck to you in your new venue. It’s great to have a new art space in Nippertown.
ARTCENTRIC: Thanks. I want this to be a living artist space, with new work and active artists always keeping things interesting.
ARTCENTRIC GIFT GALLERY
95 4th St., Troy, NY