Since 2008, Karen Wray’s gallery has hosted many local artists’ work. But as of Oct. 1, she is closing her doors. Reason being, there has not been much traffic coming through and business has dwindled.
Wray is moving her studio to a different location in town so that art classes will continue. “It’s a bigger space ideal for art classes,” Wray said.
Wray said she can now focus on her love of painting and teaching at the new location where she will teach oil painting, watercolor, drawing and composition. Wray also has taught classes on how to exhibit and sell artwork.
She said she is hopeful classes will be available in the fall.
The new studio space is on East Gate Drive. She said more information about the studio will be available at a later date.
Wray said that she will miss the artists she has come to know throughout the years.
“I’ve watched many artists grow and their work progress, so it is a sad time,” she said.
Wray said the same of art classes, watching the budding artists learn and grow is something that she has always loved and wants to continue.
Artists like Secundino Sandoval, Richard Swenson and others have their work on consignment at the gallery.