A retired art teacher with the Marion school district, Davis said her gallery will have an eclectic range of various media to include painting, photography, drawing, pottery, sculpture and echo-making in many styles and subjects.
Along with paintings, pottery and sculpture, Davis also has hand-painted protein-dye silk scarves by a Kansas City artist, whose aunt is a teacher in Marion.
“The gallery is dedicated to showcasing the many talented artists of Kansas,” she said.
Gallery prices range from $12 to $15 for small prints up to $1,500 for others.
In addition to featuring the work of artists, Davis said she will also offer classes for children and adults at all ability levels in the teaching studio.
After-school classes will be available for children beginning in October. Adult classes will be by appointment.
Davis said she has 27 years of teaching experience at the elementary through college level.
She also has a master’s degree in art with emphasis in painting, drawing, echo-making, art history and art education.
In preparing to open for Saturday, Davis said she transformed a dilapidated storage building, owned by husband Jim, into the gallery.
From top-to-bottom, the decor was tastefully selected, she said, complete with carpet on the walls for exhibiting the artwork, repainting, attractive lighting and wood flooring to add to the gallery’s atmosphere.
For many years, Davis said she has traveled to the art meccas of Sedona, Ariz., and Taos, N.M., inspiring her to establish her own place in Marion.
Davis and her husband have five grown children: Jamie Davis of Wichita; Jessica Euwer of Burton; James Davis of Halstead; Michele Seadeek of Council Grove and Bill Davis of Denver, Colo.
“My family helped me get this together,” she said, “and they will be helping on Saturday, too.”
Davis is continuing to add to the gallery, and artists who would like admission are encouraged to call Davis at 620-382-3501, or stop by.
The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.