Mayfaire tears up downtown Wilmington art gallery to fill vacant spaces

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Amy Grant tried to find more space for her business in downtown Wilmington.

“I’ve hunted and hunted. I’ve searched for a long time,” said Art in Bloom gallery owner Grant, “but it’s just thriving. All the spaces I thought we could be in, they were just not available, which is a good sign for our economy.”

Grant is in the process of moving her 7-year-old gallery from 210 Princess St. to 6866 Main St. in downtown Mayfaire, where she will have approximately 3,500 square feet from approximately 850 square feet of gallery space at downtown.

The Princess Street location will close on July 9, Grant said, and she plans to open the gallery in Mayfaire in late July. Art in Bloom will fill the space vacated by clothing store Pretties & Co.

Grant has experience with Mayfaire Town Center having opened a pop-up gallery for a few months last year, she said.

“It was just wonderful to show off the great works of art,” Grant said.

Founded in 2015, Art in Bloom Gallery “features an eclectic mix of original art from emerging and established artists. The gallery currently represents over 30 artists and celebrates each artist’s story and process as well as the transformative power of art. ‘original art’, according to a press release.

Prior to July 9, special events will be held at 210 Princess St, “to thank the artists, patrons, staff, and everyone involved in the gallery’s first 7 years (2015-present). More than details will be announced soon,” the statement said.

Current exhibitions, which will run until May 21, include Intimate Interiors: Pastels by Jeri Greenberg and Ceramics by Traudi Thornton and The Water of Life: Photography by Allison Bowman. Grant said the final art exhibition will feature artists working in contemporary ceramics, mixed media art and photography.

The show in Mayfaire will change every six weeks, Grant said. She said she believed the location change would not hurt her clientele.

“With all these new people coming into town, they shop in both areas,” she said. “We had a lot of people visiting us downtown and then coming to Mayfaire, a lot of people in Mayfaire going downtown. I think the one thing about downtown for me was that I didn’t didn’t have the space to really show what I wanted to show.”

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