Gallery at Prospect Jewelers
showcases area art talent
PROSPECT, Ky. (January 2003) An expansion of Prospect
Jewelers last year created an opportunity for partners Rob Prince and
Terry Chambers to go into a new direction with their store. They have
turned the walls into an art gallery.
The new addition, called The Gallery at Prospect Jewelers, offers unique
artwork by local craftsmen in the area. And if dazzling jewelry and
trinkets arent inviting enough, the store has provided area patrons
with even more reasons to stop by and check out the wares.
The owners decided to showcase fine art in addition to
jewelry from the time they first opened the business in September 2000.
At that time, they displayed the works of two local artists and began
putting the word out that they were looking for others.
Prince, who has always been interested in art and has had many friends
who were artists, said that he wanted to create an attractive venue
where artists could showcase their works.
Its been really nice to bring all of the additional artists
and to have the space to do that, Prince said.
The Gallery showcases a diverse selection of artwork by local individuals.
The pieces on display are one-of-a-kind and are created by the artists
themselves, most of who are friends and acquaintances of the owners.
Caroline Elgin and Jerry Thomas displayed their pieces at Prospect Jewelers
before The Gallery was added. Elgin, who works in watercolors, is a
long-time friend of Chambers. Her most popular work has been equestrian
Thomas is a photographer who draws inspiration for his photographs from
people, animals and nature. Thomas works with both black-and-white and
color photography and creates unusual matting using a reverse color
Five other local artists have displayed their works at the gallery.
Fritz Hilton, a retired University of Louisville professor, paints with
acrylics and oils. Hilton takes yearly trips to Africa for inspiration
and many of his paintings include African wildlife. David Kocka is a
bronze sculptor. He lives near Corydon, Ind., where he has his own foundry.
Jan Sowder from Jeffersonville, Ind., has a quilting background that
she has used to inspire her unique fabric landscapes.
Debbie Joplin from Crestwood, Ky., creates silk paintings and vessels
and glass sculptures and jewelry. Dennis Stein from Louisville works
mostly with black and white photography. He is a graduate of Trinity
High School, where he began studying photography and plans to continue
his studies at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia.
Each artist that we bring in brings a whole new energy to the
space, said Prince. Its been very fun to connect with
all of these people.
Prince and Chambers plan to add more artists to the line-up in the future.
Theres been a huge interest in the community, said
Chambers. People have really loved it.
The partners credit much of the gallerys success to the good reputation
of the jewelry store, which they feel is customer service oriented.
We live here in Prospect, and we look at our customers as our
neighbors, Chambers said.
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