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NARRAGANSETT â€“ The Artifact Gallery and Seating Arrangement Upholstery in Peace Dale is hosting an art show and open house on Saturday, August 16. The event, running rom 5 to 9 p.m., will feature work from 11 artists of different media forms such as painting, photography, jewelry, ceramics, and textiles. The gallery is located at 1181 Kingstown Road in Peace Dale.
â€śWeâ€™ve had four openings as a gallery but this will be our first one where weâ€™re going to be open full time from now on as a retail-gallery-gift shop type location,â€ť said owner Andrew Wheelan. â€śWeâ€™re featuring local artists, furniture builders, and sculptures. Iâ€™m kind of switching up the model a bit to add retail to have higher-end items to decorate your home which are locally sourced.â€ť
Wheelan took over the upholstery business from his mother, Grace Wheelan, who started it in 1986. He worked with her as a child to update furniture, add treatments, and re-upholster different pieces. The business has now grown into a gallery showcasing eclectic art, furnishings, fabric, and gifts.
Wheelan attributes his inspiration for the gallery to his mother.
â€śShe has shown me what integrity truly means from precise skill, and technique to a solid work ethic and ability to stand by one's word and creations. Somehow I have come to be taking over the family business and legacy, and I look forward to carrying on the tradition and serving the community and the world,â€ť he said.
The event will also feature entertainment beginning at 7:30 p.m. with Poet Susana Gardener, Comedian Jesse Larkin, and musician Matt Fraza. This event is also running in conjunction with neighboring consignment store Thrifty Sister which is hosting a one-year in Peace Dale party the same day. Wheelan is also active in the Peace Dale Neighborhood Revitalization group which works to build a more broad community and economic space in the village.
â€śWeâ€™re going to be throwing events like this every two months. The goal is just to showcase different local artists all the time and also to help foster a more community-based atmosphere in Peace Dale.â€ť