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January 10, 2013

A new home for artists

Jon Mooers opens gallery to showcase local works

AMESBURY — It’s been a successful first month for the new Jon P. Mooers Artists Gallery and Studio, which enjoyed a fantastic holiday season after opening in early December.

Jon Mooers, the gallery’s owner, said he got a big response from local artists in the community looking to showcase their work, and an even bigger response from patrons interested in buying those paintings as Christmas presents.

Scott Desroches, one of the first artists to have his work featured at Mooers’ gallery, said he had an entire wall of his work sell out.

“December was fantastic. We got a great response from the community and we found that most of our customers were from Amesbury,” Mooers said. “We sold dozens of paintings as Christmas gifts and I’m proud to say we had a very successful month.”

It’s been a whirlwind for Mooers, who first signed the lease on the property in October and spent the next four weeks completely renovating the space. The gallery was officially opened for business on Dec. 1, and things took off from there.

Since Christmas, there has been an anticipated dropoff in sales, so Mooers has taken advantage of the downtime by conducting additional renovations and planning ways to reposition the gallery to make it more effective during the off-season.

One of the big changes will be the addition of an artist’s reception area where he can hold artist openings, book signings, “Meet the Artist” nights and private business functions. Mooers hopes this will help transition his gallery from a place to buy paintings and gifts to an active art community that draws more people in.

Mooers is also planning on hosting some “painting parties” in which he teaches a three-hour painting lesson to about a dozen locals, regardless of their artistic ability.

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