Small art galleries play an important role in the varied world of fine art. Not only do they offer an intimate setting for viewing, but they also offer something larger galleries can't always accommodate - opportunities for experimental art and a chance for new artists to exhibit their work.
Tony Reynolds opened his intimate 300-square-foot venue, A Small Art Gallery, in June 2013 for that very reason.
"I knew that I was going to own a gallery and run it myself. There's no pretension here. This is just a small gallery. All I do is show artists. I'm not doing interior decorating, I'm not doing anything other than trying to show artists well," Reynolds said.
Reynolds calls his space a "traditional white cube gallery."
"The walls aren't adorned with something else. They show off the art well. The lighting is to show off the art. It focuses on presenting the artists that are here. It's nothing more than that," Reynolds said.
Throughout March, Reynolds' gallery presented "The Fine Art of Illustration." The show featured a collection of paintings, drawings and books from artists such as Robin Lieske, Brett Blevins, Beth Neeley and Diane Iverson. Iverson, a local author, helped coordinate the show with Reynolds.
Lieske also is the author of a number of projects that combine art and writing. She's recently produced storybooks for grown-ups, including "An Idiot's Tale: The Lost Writings of Rapunzel," which recently won in the "best short story never told" category at the London Book Festival.
"It's a little morality tale about the media and about the importance of truth," she said. "It's pertinent to what's going on, especially in broadcast media right now and especially with journalism and how we tend to have a reality show mentality to things that are terribly important."
Following her exhibit at A Small Art Gallery, Lieske's work will appear Thursday, April 17, through Thursday, May 15, at the Mountain Artists Guild, located at 228 N. Alarcon Street in Prescott, as part of their upcoming show "Ink Spots and Impressions: A Show of Diverse Forms of Fine Art Printmaking."
Lieske can be found online at www.moonlogic.com.
Local artist Vivian Lucchesi Farmer's work will appear in A Small Art Gallery's "Spring Show," which begins Tuesday, April 1, and runs through Wednesday, April 30. A reception will be held Friday, April 25, from 5-8 p.m. during the Prescott 4th Friday Art Walk.
Farmer loves to paint large.
Her recent piece, "Yarnell Hill," for instance, measures 4 feet by 5 feet. Many of her pieces range from two feet to three feet in length. She's making a few smaller pieces for the upcoming show at A Small Art Gallery.
While she loves color, she's also drawn to black and white images for the purity the colors offer, Farmer said.
"I will have at least one or two black and whites, with a touch of color, in this show," she said. "Tony Reynolds has a passion for art in the community. He has a real passion for the art community as a whole."
For more on Farmer, visit her website at www.lucchesimakingart.com.
A Small Art Gallery is located at 115 E. Goodwin Street, number D, in the Courtyard Building. Call Reynolds at 928-830-3220 or visit the gallery website at www.asmallartgallery.com for more information. The gallery is open Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment.