New gallery opens in Winter Park
Sky-Hi News Contributor
After two local art galleries in Winter Park closed, graphic designer Danya Anderson saw a need and decided to fill it.
“We lost TAB and Nest in the space of a month,” she said. “I really felt like it left a gap here.”
The new 1,000 square-foot contemporary art gallery next to Powder Tools in Cooper Creek Square is called “Artistico,” a blend of the words “artistic” and “collective.” So far the gallery represents the work of seven artisans who work in both traditional mediums, as well as metal sculpture and more industrial-style design.
“It’s really a mix of the creative and the industrial,” Anderson said at the gallery’s grand opening Saturday night, Feb. 7.
Anderson, a native of New Zealand’s North Island, has a degree in industrial design. She lived in Grand Lake from 2000 until 2006. Since then she has called the Fraser Valley home. Anderson works as a freelance designer creating graphics for print and the web.
The galley’s studio space helped her get back to oil and acrylic painting.
“I am now able to do the larger, messier style of work that I enjoy, so since moving in I have done more of my bigger stuff, but I look forward to focusing on small items when that gets old.”
Many of Anderson’s paintings reflect the outdoor lifestyle she found here in the mountains. Brightly colored snowboarders and skiers fly off the canvas, spraying color in their wake.
The space is evolving as well. The remodel took two months, and in the process Anderson learned about the most important design feature in an art space.
“If I did it again the only thing I would focus on is lights. Lights, lights, and lights, and some more lights. I already clean out the shelf when I buy bulbs, and they are all LED,” she said.
“It’s getting close [to my vision]. You have to be ultra-flexible about what it becomes and listen to what people tell you. You can’t be too rigid in your idea about what it should be,” she said.
The Grand Opening attracted a steady stream of visitors of all ages, many in the 10-and-under set.
““The reactions have been very positive from visitors, I think they can all appreciate what’s in here … nothing pretentious and affordable pieces.”
The prices of artwork have made the art accessible to a new audience.
“Those buying originals have been so thrilled to be able to grab a real original piece, maybe their first, something they can display proudly,” Anderson said.
Artistico is open Thursday through Sunday from noon until about 9 p.m. Anderson is the first artist-in-residence there, so visitors can see her work. The gallery is also available for events.
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