Chelsea Marketplace Closings
Uptown Antiques is gone, while the River Gallery refocuses
by Shelley Daily
From the June, 2014 issue
After twenty-five years in business, a May auction marked the closing of Marj Daniels' Uptown Antiques. Daniels could not be reached for comment, but Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Bob Pierce says it's hard to lose a business that's "been so supportive of our community and chamber for so many years. I'm going to miss seeing Bob [Marj's husband, who died in 2012] at the summer festival sidewalk sales hawking the wares" from the store.
The River Gallery will close its retail space on Main St. when its lease is up June 30--after more than ten years in business--and will move to an office location above the Common Grill and Mule Skinner Boot Shop with a new focus on off-site exhibits.
We're very award of the loss to the community--it's become a cultural hangout," says Deb Greer, who runs River Gallery with Patti Schwarz. "It took us one full year to reflect on this decision and work on this." Greer says she's beginning to prepare for retirement, and Schwarz will "take the lead" as the gallery refocuses on corporate and health-care projects, as well as art management--including art markets for fairs and festivals. Greer says they also plan to be part of public art projects, including SculptureWalk Chelsea, and possibly "pop-up shows."
"We've had great success here," says Greer. "We've sold well over a million dollars in art." She explains that they're moving forward with the motto "Strong foundations, new possibilities."
River Gallery, 120 S. Main St., 433-0826. Tues.-Fri. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. noon-4 p.m. Closed Mon. Closing by June 30. chelsearivergallery.com
[Originally published in June, 2014.]
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