Art lovers in Springfield have a new place to appreciate pieces by local artists.
The Gallery on High, located at 352 E. High Street, is a new art gallery which features artwork and crafts made by creators from Clark County. Owner Angela Ward said the gallery is backed by a local non-profit art gallery, Beyond the Looking Glass, and the building the gallery calls home contains a lot of history.
“It dates back to the 1800s as a single-room schoolhouse,” Ward said. “Architects came in 1963 and gave it an updated, modern look.”
Ward said the building was purchased after it went into foreclosure and the group spent five years restoring it before turning it into a gallery. It now hosts works from 20 independent artists from around Clark County, ranging from paintings and sculptures to jewelry.
“We have a woman who has designed the coolest steampunk jewelry,” she said.
Creators are allowed to exhibit their works at the gallery for a three-month period, Ward said. Unlike some galleries, if a piece sells, the gallery only takes a 10 percent commission. In exchange, creators are required to give back to the community, either by teaching classes or participating in a project for the city at large, such as painting park benches, she said.
The gallery hosts more than just artwork, though. Ward said there is also a reading room where local writers can come and read portions of their published work to the public. There are also plans to expand offerings sometime in the future.
The gallery will be hosting an open house event on Sunday, April 15, from 1 to 6 p.m. to allow the public the chance to take a look at what the space has to offer and ask questions about how they can become an exhibitor.
Ward said operation hours have not yet been set, but the gallery will be free to access for everyone.
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