Gallery hosts grand reopening reception after downtown fire
Artist Phil Gallagher, standing tall, addresses the crowd of artists and supporters attending the Grand Reopening Reception at the Main Street Artists Gallery on April 4. The gallery was seriously damaged during the Dec. 15, 2013, downtown fire in Quincy. Photo by Laura Beaton
The fire of Dec. 15, 2013, will go down in history as one of Quincy’s latter-day tragedies. Thankfully, no lives were lost and although four businesses were totally destroyed, several have now reopened or relocated.
Friday, April 4, was the grand reopening celebration at the Main Street Artists Gallery. With the smell of varnish still in the air, a crowd of more than a hundred artists and supporters gathered to celebrate the successful restoration and reopening of the artists’ cooperative.
Formed in 2009, the Main Street Artists Gallery was a joint effort of local artists and art patrons who desired a venue to present high quality professional art to the public as well as to provide a location for public events.
Located in the historic Clinch Building at 436 Main Street and staffed by artists and patrons, the gallery is currently open Wednesday – Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Artist Richard Daun was in charge of repairs and restoration after the devastating fire led to major water damage when firefighters used hundreds of thousands of gallons of water to battle the blaze.
Daun said the floors were completely flooded and the ceiling and walls were also heavily damaged by water and smoke. The floor was replaced with random sized hardwood hickory flooring.
One of the biggest challenges, Daun said, was replacing the doors to the gallery. Because of ADA requirements, a different style of door had to be installed, at a cost of $4,000.
Daun said whenever possible, materials from local suppliers were purchased. Building owners Steve and Hope Smith hired Daun to complete the restoration of Jenelli’s Bakery, which shares a wall with the gallery, as well as the Courtyard Suites, which occupy the upstairs of the Clinch Building.
Go to mainstreetartists.net or call director Lara Eichenberger at 283-1909 for more information.