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VanOver Fine Arts opens new art space for artists to rent

NEW DIGS — Richard VanOver is pictured, above, relaxing on the flip side at the new B-side gallery. The space is available for rent. Photos by Lizz Schumer.
SPRINGVILLE — Visitors to the VanOver Fine Arts gallery on Main Street in Springville might not immediately notice anything new, but owner and curator Richard VanOver has made some changes on the flip side, in time for the gallery’s season-opening show, this month.

The left side of the gallery, which used to be what VanOver called “the shop side” has been converted into the B-side Gallery, which VanOver said he hopes will contribute to the burgeoning arts community, in Springville.

The B-side Gallery is a rentable space in which artists can showcase their work, without going through the curatorial process in place at most art galleries, including VanOver Fine Arts. The space is available for solo or group shows, of any medium.

“People can come in and do a show. It’s available for a monthly charge,” VanOVer explained. Currently, the photography of local artist Robin Frey is on display. Pieces are also available for purchase, from that artist.

Other artists whose work VanOver plans to feature include Tom and Mary Irish of Springville. VanOver said the pair has “unique” offerings up their sleeves, including historical depictions of the area, from Tom Irish, and freehand embroidery, from Mary Irish, that VanOver said is “unlike anything I have seen, anywhere else.

“I saw a lot of great stuff, during the last art crawl,” he said, of the need for a new gallery space, in town. “And I think Springville is really poised to become this cool, arts destination.”
TAKE A LOAD OFF — The B-side Gallery at VanOver Fine Arts has the same type of wall-mounted exhibit space as the main gallery, as well as counter space for sales, post cards, promotional literature or other uses.

He pointed out the Springville Center for the Arts, the in-progress Art’s Cafe slated for 5 East Main St. and host of local art-makers as evidence that the village could “become somewhere people really look to, for art.

“We’re really well-located, for people coming down from Buffalo or up from Ellicottville. People will travel for art,” he said.

“In this area especially, it’s something people look for. It’s so cool to have somewhere people can go, see a show or attend an opening [and] grab something to eat, nearby. Arts can be a real driver, for a region.”

VanOver said that he is excited to see arts-related development in Springville, as a local artist, gallery owner and resident.

“It’s really awesome, to see the sort of sea-change that’s going on,” he said. “We’ve got some great stuff going on, here in Springville.”

Later this season, VanOver said he plans to showcase a group exhibit, centered on Grimm’s fairy tales, for which he is accepting submissions.

“I thought it might be kind of a fun, whimsical project, to see what people come up with,” he said, with a grin.

He noted that submitted artwork must be based on or influenced by the Grimm’s fairy tales, and that the deadline for that show is Sept. 7. All mediums and sizes will be accepted.

Although VanOver could not say when the show will open, he said it will launch with an artists’ reception on the same night as the Springville Fall Art Crawl, for which a date has not yet been announced.

VanOver Fine Arts is located at 49 East Main St. and is open Wednesday – Saturday, 1 – 6 p.m. For B-Side Gallery rentals, exhibit entries or more information about events at the gallery, the gallery can be reached at info@vanoverfinearts.com or by calling 592-8255.
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