Gallery owners Kevin and Sara Tomson-Hooper are ready to cut the ribbon during the grand opening of the Artisans Village Art Gallery Friday night. They are surrounded by a host of smiling artists and community members.

Downtown Art Gallery holds grand opening

Article and photos By Lynn Hobbs
The Eatonton Messenger
April 27, 2017

About 250 people attended the ribbon cutting and open house of the Artisans Village Art Gallery Friday evening. The retail gallery was opened by Kevin and Sara Tomson-Hooper of Eatonton for the Artisans Village Art Guild.

Sheryl Lott has a small exhibit of oil paintings offered for sale at the gallery. All proceeds from all sales go to the Artisans Village capital fund.

“I can’t remember something this exciting in downtown Eatonton in the years we’ve lived here,” Bill Dudley said. “They are changing the whole look and feel of downtown and transforming it into a place to visit regularly.”

The exhibits feature works of all media and styles by artists who live in and around Putnam County.

“I’m proud as a new parent,” artist Gail Vail said of the gallery.

“What’s nice about it is the moment you walk in the door, you can see everything,” commented David Lang. “It’s warm and inviting”

Steve Hicks and Bill Dudley notice the intricate detail of Thomas K. McIntire’s carved wood under epoxy pieces.

While a percentage of sales goes to the artist, all profits go to the Artisans Village Capital Campaign fund, Tomson-Hooper said. Approximately 18 pieces sold that night and a few more the next day, he said, adding “Now, we have to keep the momentum going.”

The gallery, located at 110 West Marion Street, Eatonton, on the courthouse square, is open 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday each week.

Barb Dikeman stands beside her pieces in the gallery. The artist of oil paintings admitted she did not bring in her favorites/best pieces “because I couldn’t part with them.”