Chatham turns empty building into art gallery

A group of southside locals has revamped an old building and turned it into a place many can enjoy. Reid Street Art Gallery is now open in Chatham.The director says the building was empty for more than a year and the owner wanted to turn it into something everyone in the community can benefit from.

The group started revamping the building in August, and just opened its doors on Friday.

“Mr. Davenport owned this building and he wanted it to be a vital part of the community and not just sit deteriorating so we asked around people around the community and everyone seemed to be of the idea we needed some arts and cultural in the area,” said Alisa Davis, Director of Reid Street Gallery.

The gallery sells art pieces, pottery, jewelry and more from at least eight local artists.

New art gallery to open Friday in Chatham

Reid Street Gallery, an art gallery featuring local and regional art for sale, will open this weekend in Chatham.

A ribbon-cutting will take place at 6:45 p.m. Friday, followed by a reception from 7 to 10 p.m.

Heavy hors d’ouvres, beer, wine and soft drinks will be served.

The event is free and open to the public.

The grand opening weekend will continue Saturday with a Spring Art Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring additional local art, including silver and copper jewelry, pottery, paintings and drawings.

The gallery will also host a Sip and Spatter event Saturday evening from 6 pm to 9 p.m., during which participants will be guided through a simple painting while enjoying wine and refreshments.