End of an Era
Julie Massinger and her partner, Cris Torp, purchased The Wood Gallery from Kelly Barker in 2008. Kelly, a local artist, had established the gallery in 1979 and brought it to high regard in the minds of local residents, and as a “destination gallery” for visitors by the time of the Julie’s and Cris’ purchase.
Wishing to maintain these high standards—but to give the old lady some new life!–, Julie and Cris rolled up their sleeves, cleaned, painted and made the space their own. They re-named the gallery to Inscapes Gallery. After nine years, the slowing economy forced the pair to down-size.
Julie and Cris, never ones to give up easily, re-branded the gallery to 9 Lives Gallery. (The couple is fond of cats, but the name change reflected a shared vision of “re-invention”: kind of like, “… giving the gallery one more chance at life….”) That was in January, 2017. Since that date, the gallery has operated as 9 Lives Gallery.
Sadly, after four decades, the time has come to end the presence of a first-rate gallery and home to many, many first-class artists.
The couple must be out of their location, 818 SW Bay Blvd. Ste. 2, by the end of April. As their gift to the local residents, Julie and Cris wish to say “Thank You” by marking down ALL remaining inventory as well as the display fixtures. These will be very deep discounts—some as much as 80% off already reduced prices!
Please come by and do your Christmas, birthdays, other-celebrations shopping, or just to get that special gift for that someone special; or, just pick up a reminder of the way it used to be. It is, after all, an end of an era.
Julie and Cris wish to say “Thank you” to ALL of Lincoln County, especially its arts community, and to tell everyone how honored they are to have been stewards of ART during their eleven years on the Bayfront.
Until April 28, 9 Lives Gallery will be open daily at 10AM, or by appointment: 541-272-5043. (Closed on Easter.)
Find 9 Lives Gallery directly across Newport’s Bay Blvd from the Bornstein fish plant, tucked a bit in the back. (We look small, but “looks are deceiving’, as the old saying goes. We’re just a few steps off the sidewalk, but worth every step!)
Fair winds and following seas, Lincoln County!