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Number 7 Gallery Hosts Preview Event In New Home – Brevard NC


November 14, 2016

The member-artists and friends of Number 7 Arts Gallery in downtown Brevard hosted a preview of their new gallery space Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016.

The gallery is expanding and moving to the historic McMinn building, located in the Heart of Brevard at the northwest corner of Main and Broad streets. As part of the move, the members, friends and community volunteers are committed to restoring the original appearance of the century-old space wherever possible. Many years of accumulated facades, treatments and updates have been stripped away revealing the original wood floors and plaster walls, and on the building’s exterior the brick and ironwork has been uncovered and will be restored.

The theme for the evening’s event was “Imagination,” and architectural renderings of the new space plans were on prominent display. Light demolition has been underway for a few days, and the space has been stripped down to bare walls and floors. Guests were invited to tour the space, ask questions, get a look at “before” and share in the gallery’s vision of “after.”

More than 100 members and friends were in attendance, among them Jinks Ramsey and Susan Threlkel, who were recognized for their many contributions to the life of the gallery and are founding member-artists.

Number 7 Arts members and friends are donating most of the labor and time in the renovation, with member Holland Van Gores volunteering his expertise as general contractor. The gallery is sub-contracting for only a few items; particularly those requiring specific technical expertise, licensing and permits. The architectural drawings and space plans were generously donated by gallery friend Mike Rosenthal, who drew on a successful career in architectural design to create the most flexible and attractive space possible while respecting the gallery’s budget and aesthetic priorities.

At the project’s completion, it is estimated that the volunteers will have contributed well over 1,500 hours of labor in restoring and renovating the space.

The evening featured heavy hors d’oeuvres prepared by a group of members under the direction of local restauranteur and caterer Beth Womble. The group purchased and prepared the food for the evening as a gift to the gallery. The hors d’oeuvres were accompanied by a selection of fine wines, made possible by a very generous discount extended by downtown Brevard’s own Broad Street Wines.

Members John Davis, Ann Parkhurst and Lucy Clark introduced special guests, offered brief presentations on the history and management of the gallery, the current status of the project and the vision for the future.

The gallery currently displays the works of 31 local member-artists who create in a wide array of mediums: acrylics, clay, egg tempera, fiber, jewelry, oils, papier-mâché, photography, oils, fiber, and wood. Immediate plans for the new space are to extend invitations to six more artists and to increase that number gradually as the year progresses. Jury consideration is already underway for those opportunities. The gallery has particular interest in artists who work in unusual mediums, or take an original and creative approach to familiar mediums.

Along with refreshing the interior of the space with new paint and wall treatments, major improvements and renovations to be undertaken are the installation of an updated HVAC system, flooring repair and restoration, and new exterior paint and awnings. The gallery would like to replace the current entrance with something more authentic to the original if additional funds become available. The funds for the renovation project were raised privately from members and generous friends, and in community partnerships. The gallery welcomes additional donations, which are tax-deductible.

Learn more about Number 7 Arts by visiting its website: or dropping by its current location at 12 Main Street, Brevard.


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