GENEVA — Artists, aspiring artists and fans will have a new place to call home.
Located at 29 N. Broadway in Geneva, Art on Broadway provides a venue for local artists to display and sell their work, and find inspiration, according to Chief Financial Officer Mickey Johnson Havel.
Art on Broadway has several features to offer. At the entrance, a number of mermaids are ready to greet anyone who walks in as part of Art on Broadway’s first exhibition. Inside, there is a premium gallery and a community space for artists to display and sell their work.
The gallery spaces include a classroom available for artists to teach their crafts. There are currently 12 workspaces set up, though not all will be available from the start in an effort to follow proper social distancing protocols.
Havel said the idea is “to bring artists in the community together, to inspire them and sell their art work.”
“Especially in this economy now,” she continued. “I think a lot of people are needing a little side money, so hopefully it’s a good thing for all, and then the teaching as well. I think it will bring a lot of people in here to enjoy the art work.”
The displays are currently filled with a collection of diverse artistic styles, including paintings, necklaces and custom furniture.
Geneva resident Terrie Krotine stopped by Art on Broadway on Friday with a few paintings and necklaces of her own.
She said she is excited to have a local place where she can display her art and “be with fellow artists and get inspiration from them also.”
Art on Broadway had its soft opening over Memorial Day Weekend and Havel said the operating hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday through Sunday.
Havel said her family is filled with talented artists, including her daughter.
“My daughter and I both have art backgrounds and it really is a passion that she wanted more than I. She’s wanted to have a gallery and sell her art,” Havel said. “It’s nice [to be partners with her] and I hope that at some point that it just gets passed on to her and it’ll be hers.”