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New Fine Art Galleria in Downtown Salem May be Oregon's Finest (VIDEO)Bonnie King Salem-News.com
"We're becoming a cosmopolitan area whether people like it or not, and it's good to be part of this history right now." - Roger Yost, Alessandro's Galleria
(SALEM) - Established in Alessandro's Ristorante, the fine art collection in the Galleria has been growing since last year, and owner Roger Yost, who spent many years as the Vice-President of Jantzen Sportswear in Oregon, says it rivals anything in our state.
Consistently upbeat, his elevated style leads people back to the niceties of life. "It has sort of a theme. Basically what we did is we chose artists and paintings that depicted wine, food, music, romance, beauty, good times."
He says the collection grew from around 55 paintings February 15th, to 120 now, and more are waiting to claim their space on the walls.
Yost says the capitol city may now host the state's leading gallery for fine art.
"I think it drives us to a new level that would be comparable if not exceed a lot of the galleries that are in the so-called Pearl District in Portland, and it gives us a kind of a New York frame of mind."
The lighting and décor has been updated to reflect the new gallery setting, as well as to enhance the dining experience, Yost said.
The first pieces of the collection included Thomas Stiltz, a still life painter who concentrates on wine bottles, and Tim Rogerson, a whimsical young artist out of Florida who depicts people in entertainment venues, chefs and waiters.
“That art fit the Alessandro’s environment,” Yost said. However, as he viewed the works of other artists, the collection soon swelled to include Viktor Shvaiko, Emanuel Mattini, Denard Stalling and many others who are active in the international art scene.
Prices of the art will vary, said Yost, from about $300 for small pieces and some giclees, to oils that might begin at $1500. A giclee (zhee-CLAY) is an individually produced, high-resolution, high-fidelity, high tech reproduction done on a special large format printer.
The works of celebrated English artist Raymond Campbell will be priced in the $2000-$3000 range; major works by Sabzi and New Yorker Samantha Keely Smith will be priced above $12,000, Yost said.
"We're becoming a cosmopolitan area whether people like it or not, and it's good to be part of this history right now."
He talked about the importance of Salem's First Wednesday event which includes an art walk and activities for young people.
Salem has traditionally been viewed as a community in search of its own identity. The new art movement downtown is bringing an end to that stigma though, as people continue to discover a dimension of Salem revealed through the talents and expressions of local and world renowned artists.
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