Art Keeps Popping Up Downtown

Visitors view some of portrait artist D.A. Metrov’s work at the [email protected] art gallery grand opening Sept. 15.

While it will only be in Paseo Nuevo two more weeks, the [email protected] art gallery in the former Big Dogs retail space made a splash with its grand opening Sept. 15. 

Featuring six local artists, including portrait specialist D. A. Metrov, the pop-up reportedly might make way next month for the seasonal Yes holiday gift store, which sells art and crafts for charity. It would close after Christmas. 

Metrov said the artists made an agreement with the owner to use the large, angular space with its nooks and crannies. It is suited for displaying various art ranging from his larger-than-life-size portraits to large and small metal and ceramic sculptures by other artists and smaller works by painter Peggy Ferris as well as mixed media by Susan Venable. 

The other artists include Madeline Garrett, Michael Irwin and Dug Uyesaka. 

Metrov said he made an offer to the building owner for a one-month lease. “I didn’t know if he would accept it, but he did,” the artist said. A percentage of the sales from the artwork will go to the building owner. 

Even though it’s not certain yet what might replace the [email protected] gallery when September ends, Metrov and others at the grand opening said they might like to return next year and have a more permanent exhibit. 

For now, regular gallery hours are Friday and Saturday noon to 9 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. 

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