New gallery in Winter Park promotes local art
Ardell Bomback grew up in an artistic family. His mother used to paint murals on the walls of every home they lived in. One of his brother’s is a tattoo artist, another is a painter and photographer. His family would host art competitions among themselves.
Bomback himself dabbles in photography, painting and wood carving. So when he had the opportunity to fulfill his lifelong dream of owning a gallery, he jumped on it.
“It’s always been a dream to have a gallery, but I never really chased it after it until recently,” Bomback, 40, of Winter Park, said. “I’ve always loved art in every form.”
His gallery, Ravens of a Renaissance, opened last Saturday and features the work of four local artists, as well as Bomback’s own pieces. The art collection ranges from photography, painting, jewelry, pottery and screen printed tapestries.
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“I want to include as many different types of art forms as I can,” he said. “I’ll even take writing if someone wanted to publish a book, I’d sell that here.”
The gallery is located in the Kings Crossing center. Bomback was drawn to the Winter Park area because he has family in the area, and his brother owns the Pain and Pleasure tattoo parlor next door.
The first piece he sold was one of his own wildlife photographs.
Currently, local artists Chris Wilson, Lexi Wilson, Mindy Hulin and Jordy McNamee offer pieces at the gallery. Bomback describes the collection as diverse, not only because of the variations in the kinds of art offered, but also the styles. He hopes to offer something for everyone.
“I want to keep it eclectic because I don’t want to just go after one genre,” Bomback said.
Also offered is customizable screen printed tapestries, which allows customers to send in their own photos for wall decorations. The tapestries are made from recycled materials.
Bomback hopes that soon he can expand his collection to offer more oil and watercolor paintings and pottery, as well as adding reclamation art and even small furniture. His goal is to promote local art and share his love of art and the creative process with the community.
“When you get working on something, you lose track of time and then you get done it’s like ‘wow look at that, it’s been five hours,’” he said. “I’m trying to get everyone involved in art.”
Eventually, once he gets the gallery off the ground, Bomback would like to be able to give back to the community by donating to school art programs or offering classes at the gallery.
Ravens of a Renaissance is open Wednesdays through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
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