Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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September 5, 2013

A 'perfect' return for Alpers Fine Art

There’s a familiar face returning to the downtown landscape.

After a four-year absence, gallery owner Peter Alpers has set up shop at 96 Main St., the former home of Lorica Artworks, which closed last Saturday.

The change-over was a quick one, with Alpers Fine Art officially opening its doors today, Thursday, Sept. 5, just in time for Saturday’s Andover Day festivities.

The gallery’s debut exhibit, “THIS to THAT,” will feature works by 15 painters, one photographer, one sculptor and three crafters — a jeweler, a wood-turner and a glass-blower. Nine of the artists live and work in Massachusetts, with two – Nella Lush and Elizabeth Harris – from the Andovers. More than half of the artists in “THIS to THAT” are showing in Andover for the first time.

From April 2000 until January 2009, Alpers Fine Art operated from the opposite end of Main Street, diagonally across from Memorial Hall Library.

Alpers credited a “perfect storm” of events and emotions with leading to his return downtown.

“For a couple of years, I had been missing the daily contact with the community that’s so integral to the experience of the independent shop-owner. That persistent nostalgia I was feeling seemed to coincide with growing optimism about the economy,” he says in a release.

“Then, in June, when my longtime friend, Mia Guerrera (owner-operator of Lorica), told me she was feeling `retail burn-out’ and planned to close up shop at the end of August, I took it as a sign. Knowing that this lovely, light, airy, intimate and visible space would become available clinched it for me.”

Late-summer and fall hours at Alpers are Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., as well as by appointment.

The gallery will host a grand reopening/artists’ reception on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. The public is invited. For more information, call 978-760-1829, email alpers2@verizon.net or visit www.alpersfineartonline.com.

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