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Monday, July 14, 2008

Art Gallery Opens In Mayville


MAYVILLE - Chautauqua County has a new gallery and gift shop in the Art Loft, a work space opened by Bonnie and Warren Beyer of Fredonia.

With 45 artisans already on exhibit, Mrs. Beyer said the Art Loft features local, regional and national works in a variety of mediums - including jewelry, fiber, pottery, fine art, glass, woods and metals.


''My husband and I have lived in Fredonia for 38 years, and I'm a jeweler,'' Mrs. Beyer said.


''I've been doing art festivals for the last 32 years. We love the Chautauqua area, and I've always done the show at Chautauqua Institution. We love going out there. And so when this house came up for sale, it just seemed like a wonderful opportunity to bring in other artists from the area and from all over the country.''


A private reception was held Saturday at the Art Loft's location in Mayville, signaling its official opening for business.


''We're located in a building that used to be a lumber yard, so it's a big huge double-story barn with open rafters. It's really turned out beautifully,'' Mrs. Beyer said. ''It's a very inviting space. It's open and beautiful and the art work just enhances it even more. I think that this is something that the area will embrace because it's high-quality assortment of artwork by a lot of very talented people.''


A part-time Arizona resident, Mrs. Beyer said her other home has put her in contact with West Coast artists who she hopes to bring to the area.


Located at 4994 W. Lake Rd. in Mayville, the Art Loft can be reached by calling 753-5638. The Art Loft is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.


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