Jamie Meyers and Amy Heflinger opened up Brick Gallery on West Water Street late last year, where Firelands Photography had been.
The pair had talked for years about someday opening an art gallery.
“This space became available and we jumped on it,” Heflinger said.
The gallery features artists who work in a variety of style, media and price ranges. The brick walls hold paintings, drawings, photographs and jewelry set behind two beautiful tables.
The ladies signed a rental agreement on the building and in October put out an open call to artists, unsure of what the response would be. There was a line for two days full of wonderful artists.
“They all had amazing pieces,” Meyers said.
Most of the artists selected are getting their first gallery showing.
Lewis Hollins of Sandusky was the first artist to have a piece sell.
“He is so talented. His friends had to convince him to bring his pieces in,” Heflinger said.
The gallery has styles and prices in a broad range to meet the needs of the most people possible, because everyone deserves something beautiful in their life, Heflinger said.
If a certain gallery piece is liked — but does not quite perfect — the artists can provide customized work for gallery clients.
The women plan to showcase the talent of some of the teenage artists at the high school.
“These kids are so talented,” Meyers said “When I was in school I would have gone absolutely nuts to be in a gallery.”
People are still finding out about the new gallery, with tourists and residents alike wandering in, they said.
And they both love to talk with anyone about the art on the brick walls. Anyone.
WHAT: Sandusky’s downtown art gallery
WHERE: 209 West Water Street
HOURS: Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
PHONE: 419-656-3412 or 419-341-1117
Artists currently displayed:
Joseph Amiciarelli, Lorain
“Victor” Ronald Scott Baker, Sandusky
Amy Barnes, Fremont
Jamie Burlovich, Huron
Marsha Gray Carrington, Sandusky
Jessamyn Falcone, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Charles Foster, Sandusky
Garth Garrett, Port Clinton
Lewis Hollins, Sandusky
Kenneth McFarlan, Oak Harbor
Sarah Pietrykowski, Fremont
Joseph C. Ritorto III, Huron
Matt Ritter, Oak Harbor
M. Jane Rowe, Southern Maryland
Mary Ann Schindler, Easton, Maryland
Glenn Wilson, Sandusky