A new gallery called Gallery On Madison is now open at 9 South Madison Street in Middleburg in the storefront that was occupied by Waller Picture Framing for eighteen years. Bill Waller has relocated his business to his home in Hume and will be represented by the gallery.
Gallery On Madison is owned by Jan and Jim Allmon. Although it is a new venture for them, they have been in the gallery business for 27 years. The couple opened Gallery On The Green in Woodstock, Vermont in 1988 and Gallery On Merchants Square in 2003 while retaining the Vermont gallery.
On a recent trip to Millwood to deliver Jan's art for the Art at the Mill show, they stopped in Middleburg and discovered that the space at 9 South Madison was for rent. Allmon acknowledged that "It is small but ample." "We knew it could be a great venue for showcasing artists and artisans. With a grin he said "so we decided to get back on the saddle for another rodeo!"
Since relocating to Northern Virginia in 2011 to be near their daughters who all live in the region, Jim has been a marketing advisor to art venues, artists and artisans. He said "he missed the personal interaction with clients in helping them fulfill their interest in collecting art while furthering an artist's career." He said “my best friend calls me a serial artrepreneur.”
Gallery On Madison will feature an eclectic group of artists and artisans. Jan is an oil painter and textile designer. She will be exhibiting her fine art and hand painted silk scarves in the gallery along other artists and artisans the couple have partnered with in the past as well as several artists and artisans they have discovered and admired more recently.
“We think people will enjoy the variety of styles ranging from traditional to contemporary to abstract. Many of the artists accept commissions which will be a big focus," according to Allmon. A website, galleryonmadison.com, will showcase the gallery’s artists online.
The gallery is open from 11 am to 5 pm Thursday through Saturday and by appointment at 703-7879-0124.