Art Squared, 111 N. Main Street on the Independence Square, is alive and well -- although the number of patrons who visit with members of the local art community has dwindled.
Marcia Pugh, Jim Shaw, Colleen Latimer and Sherri Haupert want Eastern Jackson County art enthusiasts to know that they are open for business from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
When the DoSal Antique shop closed, and the new 3 Trails Brewing company began construction, Pugh said many thought Art Squared was also closing.
The brown butcher block paper that covers many of Art Squared’s windows adds to that notion.
“We want everyone to know that we are alive and well,” said Pugh, one of the original members of the art community, who helped create this unique home for local artists -- whose work includes oil, acrylic, watercolor, jewelry and leather products.
“Our traffic isn’t nearly what it was when DoSal Antiques was open, but we believe that once 3 Trails Brewing opens its doors, we will once again have great foot traffic.”
Jim Shaw, who often steps out of his gallery to greet patrons as they walk through the doors of Art Squared, echoed that.
““I know that once the brewing company opens its doors, we’re going to get a lot more people walk through the doors, but right now, we just don’t have a lot of business. And that’s disappointing,” he said.
Haupert, who owns haupArt Frame Gallery, said her business has not been impacted because she has repeat clients who know her framing gallery was not affected by the closing of DoSal.
“My business is as strong as it’s ever been,” Haupert said, “and I’m excited -- we’re all excited -- about the new demographics that will be coming into Art Squared once the new brewing company opens.”
“I know our customers will come back once they realize we are still here,” said Latimer, whose abstract works can be found throughout Art Squared. “We’re all excited about the future of Art Squared.”
While Art Squared features 11 local artists, it has also been the home of Independence School District student artists showcases.
“That is what Art Squared is all about,” Pugh said. “I was able to meet one of the William Chrisman students when she brought her parents up to see the exhibit and she was so excited.
“And so many people who have come into our galleries have had the opportunity to see the work of the students. It’s been a great partnership.”