The five owners of Gallery 87 have a combined 120 years in the arts to share with customers at their new shop in Pine.
Friends and artists Jim and Claudette Barker, Barbara Bourscheidt and Cori Richman, along with friend and accountant Ann Rosedale opened Gallery 87 Labor Day weekend.
"Pine has been establishing itself as a destination point for arts and antiques," Bourscheidt said. She and the Barkers make their homes in Payson, while Rosedale and Richman live in Pine.
"We like the atmosphere where people can park their cars and then walk up and down the street visiting the different places," Bourscheidt said, "And we had a new building for the gallery."
The building was constructed by Cyd and Roger Totten, owners of Cyd's, next door to Gallery 87.
In addition to the owners' work in the gallery, 12 other artists have been selected to show. The other exhibitors are primarily from Sedona and Prescott, but there also are two from Phoenix and another Payson resident.
This is not the Barkers first venture into the gallery business. The couple owned the Wild Brush in Payson, but after selling it, they started thinking about opening another gallery, combining it with a studio setting where they could work together as well.
"But when we thought about the time and commitment it takes, we put the idea on the shelf," Claudette said.
"We're all close friends and started talking (about a gallery)," Bourscheidt said. "We all bring different strengths to the business."
The Barkers had the experience running a gallery; Bourscheidt spent years in retail; Richman does sign painting; and Rosedale is a bookkeeper.
"We had the same goals and feeling about art," Rosedale said, "So we decided to do it."
"We felt there was a niche here," Bourscheidt said, "What we have is a complement to the others. And it gives visitors a wider variety of things to see."
The focus of Gallery 87 ranges from traditional to contemporary works, Barker said.
"We're staying away from the western, southwestern, country and Indian works."
And while Gallery 87 is not a working studio, visitors can often find the owner artists at work. Bourscheidt was recently making some clay birds. Often Richman, who does dog portraits, will visit with clients and their pets in the shop.
"We have ideas and the space to do different things," Bourscheidt said, "We might have ‘artist in' days."
Bourscheidt said she and the others are more than happy to discuss the work and the process involved in creating the different pieces.
"We researched a lot," Barker said, "We visited studios and shows."
It was through this process the owners of Gallery 87 found the artists they wanted to feature. They are also keeping a list of future exhibitors, so will look at portfolios for consideration, so long as the work is within the range of traditional through contemporary.
For Barker the benefits of doing business in the Rim country far outweigh the challenges.
"One of the main benefits is being in an environment of art and working with all the artists," Barker said. "It's a fresh new concept. The comments and response of the public has been great. The main challenge is to satisfy the needs of the community."
There are no prints carried, but the broad range of work available starts around $55 and runs up to $3,600, but the high ticket item is a set of three, large, blown glass bowls.
Gallery 87 will host a special Holiday Happening Open House from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 15. There will be work specially made for the event, live music and refreshments. And to help with holiday shopping, the gallery will ship work if needed.
Currently on display are works of glass, ceramics, oils, water media and mixed media.
Gallery 87 is at 4004 N. Highway 87 in Pine, southwest of the Baptist church. The hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday through Monday. For more information, call (928) 476-3220.