CONWAY — When Cassidy Gallery owner Nancy White Cassidy attended the Mountain Top Music School’s capital campaign kickoff to purchase the Bolduc Block in Conway on a hot summer day in 2015, and listened to the vision of the school’s director George Wiese, a spark was lit.
The long vacant building was to be renovated, the school moved to the second floor, and the retail spaces in front redesigned and available for lease. This major project would be a key part of the revitalization of Conway Village. And because music and art are mutually supporting partners, Cassidy decided then that the Bolduc Block was where her gallery belonged.
Four years and two moves later, the Cassidy Gallery is now the Bolduc Block’s first retail tenant, permanently installed at 28 Main St., the easternmost retail space of the building. And Cassidy couldn’t be happier.
The space is larger than her first gallery at The Snowflake Inn in Jackson, but smaller than her most recent space on Seavey Street, but the square footage, window arrangement and accessibility are perfectly suited for the gallery.
As in her two previous locations, Cassidy continues to focus on the fine art and craft created by New England artists and artisans. Much of what is offered at the gallery is exclusive, or is the only gallery in New Hampshire to carry a particular artist’s work. It is the quality and selection of work that has built the reputation of the gallery into what it is today.
Cassidy recently brought in several new artists to join her 40-plus artists who already consign their work with her. Two fine artists are new to the gallery: Carol Phenix of Chocorua and Rebecca Fullerton, (archivist for the Appalachian Mountain Club) of Bethlehem as well as two ceramics artists: coastal Connecticut artist, Lori Rembetski, painter Debbie Mueller of Durham and soon, Rachel Normington of Windham.
Other local artists include fine artists Terri Brooks of Freedom, Sean Stull and Robert Gordon of Conway, Don Gemmecke of Eaton, Anne Garland and Melanie Leavitt of Jackson, steampunk artist Joe Keller of Brownfield, Maine, and jewelry artists Linda Sorenson of Eaton, Jan Eskedal of Silver Lake, Erin Finney of Jackson and Laura Guptill of Center Conway, fiber artist Katherine Trout of Sandwich and ceramics artist Barbara Boxer of Center Conway. Until his death this summer, Conway artist Ernest O. Brown was represented.
Aside from the work of her artists, Cassidy’s original work and reproductions are also available for sale. Last year, Cassidy began producing pillow and tote bags with her printed designs, and will be adding to that collection for the start of the holiday season.
Until Oct. 19, the gallery will be open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or later. After that date, it will be open by chance or appointment Tuesday and Wednesday. Cassidy posts frequent updates to facebook.com/cassidygallery and on the gallery news page of her website, cassidygallery.com/gallerynews.html.
For more information, call or email Cassidy at (603) 662-2074 or email@example.com.