In 2003, Dennis and Velda Lovell
opened Blue Valley Gallery
"to give me something to do", says Velda. Now, nine years later, that "something" has become a daily activity and passion for both of the Lovells. Velda began with the intent of painting in oils. As other folks interest picked up about in her art, so followed the teaching of classes, and a small but well supplied art shop. Dennis is on hand, too, managing other aspects of the business. Together, Dennis and Velda run the gallery like a tight ship. Blue Valley Gallery is a privately run gallery and art shop, organized and tidy, and facilitated by participation of a co-operative of about two dozen artists.
The gallery is steadily gaining attention and popularity. The word is out, and quality fine art keeps coming. Blue Valley Gallery represents a wide diversity of experienced artists, local to national in scope. With the broad array of media, visitors are finding more reasons to keep Blue Valley Gallery on their "Places to Visit" when they're in the region.
Blue Valley Gallery is a member of the Cashiers Chamber of Commerce
and local Merchants Association
. Dennis and Velda are very community related, and when talking with either, it isn't long before another merchant is mentioned. Planning to visit? Well, you're sure to find that the Velda approach to running a business makes you feel right at home!
Hours of operation
for Blue Valley Gallery are 10 AM - 6 PM seven days a week
, open year round. The gallery is closed for Christmas. Winter hours are the same as year round, weather permitting. "So, come on by, we would love to visit with you!"
ART CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS
Regular classes are held on location daily. Currently teaching are Velda Lovell, and Jack Stern, Blue Valley Gallery co-op artists. Velda teaches oil painting and emphasizes studio set-up. Landscape artist, Jack Stern, teaches weekly classes in acrylics and watercolor. Visiting art instructors may hold scheduled classes at the gallery and/or offer workshops off location, as well.
Periodic classes and workshops are presented on a scheduled basis, and may be available from other art instructors of the co-op, as well.
Details of scheduled offerings that are not posted on the website are available from Velda by phone seven days a week... 10 AM to 6 PM.
NEED ART SUPPLIES?
Nurture creativity with the right art supplies. Velda's Art Corner is just inside the door at Blue Valley Gallery, in Cashiers at the Mountain Laurel Shoppes business center. The selection of art materials is made by an artist that knows artists needs. The weekend art warrior can expect professional quality surfaces, paints, brushes and more to help conquer the next art project.
You can call ahead to see if what you need is on hand, or just drop by during gallery hours. And, if your deadline permits, and you don't see what you need, place an advanced order for the supplies you need. Velda's Art Corner hours are same as gallery hours: 10 AM to 6 PM seven days a week, and open all year. To call ahead: 828-743-2956.