Ribbon cutting planned for Columbia Art Gallery under new ownership

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COLUMBIA, Miss. (WDAM) – A decade-old art gallery in downtown Columbia is under new ownership and will have a ribbon cutting Feb. 17 at 10 a.m.

“Artwistic Revolution” on Second Street features paintings, pottery and other works by nearly two dozen area artists, including new owner Raymond Mathews.

He and his wife, Paula, took over the business from former owners Ben and Lori Watts last fall.

Mathews had been the manager of the Columbia Walmart for 25 years. He retired in 2013.

“We’re going to have a new grand opening, just so everyone knows it’s different here,” Mathews said. “We’ve made a lot of changes inside, we have a lot of new artists, so it’s like walking into the gallery for the first time.”

Mathews says it’s important for local artists to have a place to display and sell their work.

“When the gallery was offered to me, I said it would be a great outlet for all those artists in town who have no other way to show their art, other than Facebook or photos or Instagram or whatever. thing, but it’s not the same as seeing in person,” Mathews said.

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

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