When walking past the window at 105 Princess Street in Shepherdstown (WV), it’s easy for the eye to draw inward. Through careful curation, The Gallery at 105 not only provides visitors a quality collection of fine artworks by local artists, but a nostalgic feel of the art scene that is reminiscent to the art galleries that lined German Street in decades past.
Although The Gallery at 105 has a familiar feel, the space has only been dedicated to the sale of local art since the summer of 2018. Owners Tom Conant and Jared Scheerer decided the time was right to transform their marketing and design firm—Studio 105—into a gallery space where visitors to the town could locate fine art. The bold decision coincided with the 2018 summer launch of the Contemporary American Theater Festival.
“Back in the day—the eighties and early nineties—Shepherdstown boasted a host of gallery spaces on German Street,” said Conant. “But then came the Y2000 bubble and burst, which spattered the big-city art scene from D.C. to New York, and even little Shepherdstown. Traditional gallery space began to shrink overnight—blame the stock market, blame the Internet, blame German Street rental fees.”
But rather than wring their hands of it all, Conant and Scheerer committed to creating a top-notch showcase for the area’s leading artists. “I can guarantee that anyone who visits The Gallery at 105 is sure to discover something new and interesting—work you won’t likely see elsewhere … art that really feeds your soul,” added Conant.
The Gallery at 105 is now home to six local artists, who continuously rotate new work. They include: Bruce Fransen, Wood Sculptor; Joe Mayer, Painter; Scott Cawood, Metal Sculptor; Jared Scheerer, Graphic Designer; Diana Suttenfield, Painter; and Ann Sharp, Portrait Artist.
The most current collection of artworks can be viewed in person at the Princess Street location, Tuesday-Friday, from 10am-3pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 11am-5pm. For full artist biographies and examples of their works, click here. For additional information, call 304-876-8080.