Artists Take Center Stage at Henson-Jackson Gallery
Stoughton studio focuses on the people behind the art.
Henson Jackson Art Gallery and Framing is a work of art itself bursting with color and affordable art choices that might appeal to various styles and different age groups – there's something for everyone at this gallery whose motto is "A fine gallery where passion is art."
The curator and owner of the gallery located at 2 Canton Street is Eveline Henson-Jackson, a vibrant woman, who takes pride in knowing the artists she has hand-chosen to share with others.
"For me, it's all about the artists," says Henson-Jackson, who started selling art many years ago at home shows. "I want people to know the artists. I meet with my artists and know them and know exactly what they do."
The gallery includes many local, national and international artists offering work in various mediums such as watercolors, oil paintings, bronze and stone.
Local artists include George Mitchell of Brockton, Lynne Atwood of Sharon, Gordon Cowan of West Bridgewater, Radiant Jasmine of Dorchester, and Ekua Holmes of Roxbury. Holmes designed Boston's 2010 First Night button (the print of which can be purchased at the gallery).
Winford Galmon of North Carolina was one of Henson-Jackson's first featured artists.
Galmon is known as the "Artist to the Stars" and has painted colorful likenesses of musicians such as Ray Charles, sports figures such as Tom Brady, and important moments in history such as a moving remembrance of Hurricane Katrina.
Henson-Jackson said her gallery is full of surprises including one birthday party in 2008 when Galmon dropped into the gallery unexpectedly and helped those at the party create an original painting.
The gallery offers art parties for children in its Kidz N Canvas room where 10-12 children can each create an original work of art.
"We find so much talent when the kids come in and do things for fun," said Henson-Jackson, noting the paint dries quickly so guests can take their art home the same day. "And the guest of honor gets theirs framed in our signature frame."
International artists include those from the United Kingdom and Zimbabwe where an artist designs substantial statues out of one piece of stone.
"Art is so personal. I think it sets people's tones, their moods; it makes you alive," she said. "I try to do something for everyone. I want someone from the U.K. to be able to come in and find something. People in this area tend to like landscapes, so we have a lot of those."
Other featured artists include Marti Bofarull, Denis Jully, John Kollig, Didier Lourenco, Kent Lovelace, Janine Parker, Jennifer Perlmutter, Penny Benjamin Peterson and Luis Sanchez.
Henson-Jackson Art Gallery and Framing also offers custom framing with hundreds of quality designer frames.
According to www.hensonjacksonartgallery.com, they specialize in framing originals, Giclees on canvas, clothing, African fabric, ceramics, floater frames, shadow boxes, sports memorabilia, needlework, maps and mirrors.
Henson-Jackson grew up in Dorchester and started the gallery after she was laid off from the software industry seven years ago. The gallery was on Washington Street for four years but parking was an issue. She has been at the Canton Street location for three years.
Henson-Jackson is also a certified interior decorator and helps residential and commercial customers design their homes and offices.
For more information, visit www.hensonjacksonartgallery.com or call 781-297-5220.