QUINCY — After years of waiting, the Quincy Art Association has opened its first public gallery.
“We’ve always wanted a gallery,” artist Tony Andrade said.
Andrade said members suggested the gallery to Mayor Thomas Koch about five years ago. Its new space, in the Munroe Building near city hall, is owned by the city.
Artists and local officials gathered last week to mingle and admire pieces hung along the gallery’s walls. Koch and City Councilors David McCarthy and Noel DiBona stopped by, chatting with members and perusing the art.
Artist Phyllis Andrade, Tony’s wife, said local creators have wanted the gallery for a while.
“We have been waiting for this for so long,” Phyllis Andrade said. “We are all swooning.”
Her art was on display during the opening night. She uses photos, magazine clippings and other paper to produce mixed-media images. One piece features a woman whose image Phyllis cut from a Singer sewing machine pamphlet.
She said her work is a mishmash of ideas and media, “like a shotgun wedding.”
“I’ll tear up anything I can get,” she said.
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Some of the art was abstract, like Tony Andrade’s pen-drawn art splashed with color.
Other pieces were focused on real scenes of the Quincy community: the Church of the Presidents downtown, two men sitting at the now-closed Newcomb Farms in Wollaston and the space under the Neponset River Bridge, were all featured on canvasses in the gallery.
“We’ve talked a long time about giving them more visibility so we can get people to see the incredible talent we have around,” Koch said of the association’s artists. “It’s interim, but I really think long term we’ll find a home in the downtown to continue this. … I think we have plenty of room to grow.”
The association hopes to host more artists and featured guests as well as to keep art accessible to Quincy residents, said members Kelly Cobble and Ellyn Moller.
Cobble, a former president of the association, said the gallery will offer space to artists who want to show and sell their work.
Moller, who has been president of the association since July, said the next steps are figuring out scheduling for future events.
But for now, after the rush of acquiring the space and hosting its first public show, “I think we’re going to take a breather,” she said.
If you go
What: Quincy Art Association Gallery
Where: 1229 Hancock St., Quincy
When: 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday to Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
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