Jeanie Edwards Art Gallery | Laurier Magazine
Written by: Deena Bouknight | Problem: 2021/10 – October
Jeanie Edwards’ new gallery at 223 South 4th Street in Highlands is bathed in sunshine and perfectly embodies her lavish notions and whimsical soarings.
Jeanie Edwards knows Highlands. She is a fourth generation Highlander related to the founders of the Old Edwards Inn.
She also knows art. She became a painter out of sheer tenacity of spirit, but the skill opened up a rewarding path for her that included life as a muralist, art teacher, acrylic painter of pets, wild animals, and portraits and landscapes. abstract, and ultimately a gallery owner.
It is the latter company that recently made the headlines in his hometown.
Her two-year-old Jeanie Edwards Fine Art gallery moved in April 2021 from 221 North 4th Street to 223 South 4th Street.
Edwards was looking for better gallery space to fit into an adjusted pandemic business plan and was told there were no spaces for rent available in downtown Highlands. Yet his son saw a “For Rent” sign placed in a window and by day Edwards had secured his new gallery space.
“The gallery focuses on local artists and a variety of fine art. I represent myself and 15 others, such as Pauline Marr and Kim Woodman, both of whom are local painters; local potters, such as Heather Mae Erickson; photographers Gil and Jacquelyn Leebrick; jewelers Benson and Chrissy Picklesimer; silversmith Robert Doe; and more. I also offer a collection of fair trade items, from jewelry to candles. These benefit other countries like India and Bolivia. I also have handmade items in Haiti, where I taught art.
Edwards lives with her husband, Bryan, and two of their four children in her grandparents’ house a short walk from the city center. “My family has lived in the Highlands since the late 1800s,” she said. “Actually the community got together in 1946 and built the house for my grandparents [Dan and Hazel Edwards] when their old house burned down. So living here and working here is wonderful.
The list of artists in the gallery is presented on jedwardsfineart.com as well as on Facebook and Instagram. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm; closed in January and February.
Wine and an artist demonstration take place every Saturday at 11:00 a.m.