NARRAGANSETT – 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.
“We’ve had four openings as a gallery but this will be our first one where we’re going to be open full time from now on as a retail-gallery-gift shop type location,” said owner Andrew Wheelan. “We’re featuring local artists, furniture builders, and sculptures. I’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.”
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.
“She 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,” 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.
“We’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.”