The Block 7 galleries in Belmar have a new location for artists to show off their pieces and work in Valkarie Gallery.
The working studio and gallery is located in the former Colorado Photographic Arts Center, 445 S. Salusbury St., and opens on Nov. 1.
The gallery was founded by Frank Farrar, Valerie Savarie and Karrie York.
“We were looking for a studio space, and I didn’t want to do something that would be the traditional co-op,” Savarie said. “I heard that the space had become available at Block 7, and after speaking with Frank and Karrie, we decided to go for it.”
Even though the gallery is just opening, it already has its full 2014 schedule planned out. Media in the future will include western art, acrylic paintings and ceramics.
The opening show will feature work from the founders as well as samples from the rest of the artists who will be featured in 2014.
“We want art styles from all across the board. We talked to artists and feel that we’re going to be able to give them all we can,” Savarie said. “This way they can have a place to show their art without a huge time commitment or us taking a big part of the sales.”
Both Savarie and York said they have been interested in art for most of their lives, but it has only been in the past five years that they’ve become interested in taking that passion to the next level.
“I always took art classes in high school, and I met Frank five years ago and he started teaching me to paint,” York said. “I just fell in love with it.”
York said that based on all three founders’ experiences with other galleries, they know exactly what they want to offer at Valkarie.
“We want to offer a place that is friendly to the artists and visitors,” she said.
York said Valkarie is a great set-up because it has both studio and gallery space.
“As long as we think the art is amazing, we’re open to see it,” said Savarie. “We want to share the creative space.”
For more information, visit www.valkariefineart.com.