As redevelopment continues on and around Main Street, a longtime Andover art gallery has returned next door to its original location at Two Main Street.
Alpers Fine Art, which was most recently located at 28 Chestnut St., re-opened last week at 10 Post Office Ave., which is the retail space formerly occupied by Sole Amour. And, the gallery owner loves his new location.
“This site has so much going for it — large street-side windows that provide good sight-lines; a bright, airy interior; a combination of natural and track lighting that does justice to the work on display; and three popular restaurants just a few steps away," gallery owner/operator Peter Alpers wrote in a press release.
“Post Office Avenue’s one short block packs considerable punch. For years, it has offered a dense concentration of eateries and indie shops, hidden gems that make it the kind of side-street destination that lends downtown Andover its energy and charm,” he added.
For the gallery's new location inaugural exhibit, "Habitats," Alpers tapped two painters he’s shown for nearly 20 years - Ellen Granter and Andy Newman. The exhibit also features two other painters making their Merrimack Valley debut - Page Pearson Railsback and Joel Howe. All four live in eastern Massachusetts.
“Rather than describe this exhibit in words, I’ll let it speak for itself, both online and on the walls. I encourage everyone to preview the work on the gallery’s web site, alpersfineartonline.com, or to stop in and see the work firsthand," Alpers said.
Alpers describes his gallery as a low-key, unpretentious style, presenting the vision, talent, and accomplishment of the artists. He said exhibits have an "eclectic nature and price-points that offer tangible value to his clientele."
Admission is always free and all are welcome. About every five or six weeks, he installs a new exhibit.
“It’s always gratifying when I can help someone acquire a piece they’ll love for a lifetime. Whether that’s a seasoned collector, someone purchasing original art for the first time, or someone shopping for a one-of-a-kind gift, they’re all welcome to stop in, check out what’s currently on display, and see if something speaks to them,” Alpers said.