5 Amazing Art Galleries in Huntington County
When you think of fine art, your first thought might not be of Huntington County, but a trip around to our amazing galleries will have you convinced. We had an amazing time visiting all the galleries and seeing all the beautiful pieces of art. What we discovered is that you don’t have to be a huge art expert to enjoy all that we have to offer – and much of the art is approachable in price. Plan a special day out to hit our gorgeous galleries or just add them on to enhance a visit to the county.
Each of the gallery owners wanted to emphasize that they want the art to be appreciated and strongly encourage you to just come on in and take a look, even if you are just curious. “Just looking” is completely acceptable. But we warn you, you might fall in love with several pieces that you can’t live without.
Crestwoods Gallery – 314 N. Main St., Roanoke Website
What may look like a simple frame shop from the exterior is a sophisticated art gallery that features a large variety of well known artists from the area. Don’t feel intimidated by the environment, just come on in! Browsing is highly encouraged and appreciated. Ann Shive, the owner took me on a tour of her current pieces and I was so impressed with the quality and variety of art that was featured. Crestwoods offers pieces at many different price points so there’s a good chance that you will find something within your budget or ask about payment options. The artwork is transitioned out monthly so visit often and make sure don’t hesitate too long on artwork you love.
Four Corners Custom Framing and Gifts – 419 N. Jefferson St, Huntington Website
This charming frame, gallery and gift shop in downtown Huntington is home to a number of original pieces of artwork by area artists. Take time to view the unframed artwork as well and have owner Paula Bittner customize a perfect frame for the piece. Paula’s shop is bright and filled with gift items that will have you stopping back regularly while you are grabbing coffee or ice cream up the street.
Katharos Art and Gift – 159 N. Main St., Roanoke Website
Open the doors to this cottage shop in Roanoke and you will be dazzled by the lovely pieces you find. Kathy has a keen eye and that is evident throughout her offerings of original glass art pieces, wall art and pottery etc. Her walls and shelves are filled with treasures so make sure you take your time and take it all in. Kathy has art at many different price points so you will have no trouble finding something to take home or for a gift. She also offers art classes throughout the year so make sure you sign up with a friend.
Penny French Deal Gallery at Joseph Decuis – 171-A North Main St., Roanoke Website
We are so fortunate to have the gallery of such a talented award-winning contemporary oil painting artist here in Huntington County. As her website bio states, “Penny (French Deal) is known for her contemporary impressionistic style and vibrant colors,” and I have to say that I’m in love with her work, it’s breathtaking. The gallery is open during restaurant hours (5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.) and Penny is typically in the gallery from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays or otherwise via appointment. Simply contact her via phone at (260) 578-2181 or her website and she responds quickly. Make sure you take time to stop in and view her beautiful pieces.
Robert E. Wilson Gallery at Huntington University – 2303 College Ave, Huntington Website
Located in the Merillat Centre for the Arts on the campus of Huntington University, the Robert E. Wilson Art Gallery is a great local place to view art. The gallery features a revolving schedule of art exhibits featuring students, faculty and professional artists. Enter through the main doors just off the parking lot at the Merillat Centre and the gallery can be found just to the left. The Wilson Gallery is open during the school year on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., before and after all Merillat Centre performances, and by appointment.
Tree of Life Gallery – 331 N. Main St., Roanoke Website
Meeting with Deanna Harvey, owner of the Tree of Life Gallery, it is so evident that art makes her happy and it shows in her work. Her paintings are dreamy, soft and joyful. Deanna wants you to be able to enrich your life with beauty and wants her art to be available to anyone so her items are very reasonably priced and she has a lot of pieces to view. Make sure you walk around through the various rooms in her cottage shop and go all the way to the back – the pieces are everywhere. The shop also features art from other prominent area artists such as Cherie Droege and Leslie Vrchota and it blends nicely with Deanna’s style. While you are there, make sure you take time to head upstairs on that gorgeous spiral staircase and check out the vintage clothing that shares the space.