For Dee Miles, owner of Manchester’s newest—and only—art gallery, art should be about everyday things. “Art is a hand-carved spoon, a wooden chopping block, and what you wear around your neck,” she says. Those are some of the objects at the Wild Acorn gallery, which opened in May on the lower level of the Manchester Mill in a space vacated by Bittersweet Farm Antiques, which closed after less than a year.
Miles, a jewelry designer, previously sold her work at Elements Gallery, which closed last September. Miles says the closing “put a hole in my life that I wanted to fill up again.” She’s brought the works of twenty Michigan artists to her gallery, including several who exhibited at Elements, such as woodworker Peter Lynch and watercolorist Nancy Feldkamp.
Born and raised in Monroe, Miles moved with her husband from Atlanta to Manchester three years ago. Her lifelong passion for art includes stints at sewing, quilting, basket making, and felting. She’s been creating jewelry for more than a dozen years—from tiny seed beading to silver forging.
She’ll sell the jewelry as well as felt boxes she and her daughter Tiffany make. Framed artwork for sale includes photography, watercolors, digital art, and colored-pencil drawings. There also will be a place for the store’s signature item—acorns. Miles has fashioned miniature boxes out of the small but mighty nut.
Pieces will run from $5 for trinkets to $2,500 for a bronze moose sculpture. “I want everybody to have access to art,” Miles says. “And I don’t want people to have to go to Target to get it.”
The Wild Acorn, 201 East Main (Manchester Mill), Manchester, 428–1293. Wed. & Fri. noon–5 p.m., Thurs. noon–7 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Sun. noon–3 p.m. Closed Mon. & Tues. Open other times if the gate is open.
Worth Repeating—the secondhand store that sells gently used goods, with profits going back into the community—celebrated its fourth anniversary in May by expanding. “It’s our fourth expansion in four years,” says board vice-president Marsha Chartrand. Last year the store awarded $30,000 to community projects, including Carr Park’s new play structure. “It feels good knowing the money is staying in Manchester,” she says. “It has done a lot for community building.”
Worth Repeating, 201 East Main (Manchester Mill), Manchester, 428–9088. Tues.–Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (Thurs. till 7 p.m. through Oct.). Closed Sun. & Mon.
Frank’s Place> longtime owner Tina Furnari has sold the restaurant to manager Jim Collins. Collins, who took the helm in March, says he plans no major changes to the Main Street eatery, which has been serving pizza and Italian fare for a quarter century.
Frank’s Place, 104 East Main, Manchester, 428–8003. Sun.–Thurs. 11 a.m.–
10 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m.–11 p.m.
The Computer Source vacated its office space in the old village hall on Clinton Street in January, closing after just three months in business.