SOUDERTON — Highlighting one artist for a month along with having selections from other artists on display is so last year at Exhibit B Gallery.
"We just felt like the rate of changing the work was just too fast, so what we're gonna do this year is change from a monthly format," said Harry Boardman, who with his wife and fellow-artist, Heather, owns Exhibit B in the converted former industrial building on Main Street in Souderton.
This year, there will be quarterly art shows, Boardman said at the Feb. 21 opening reception for the Spring Exhibition, which will run until May 9.
"What this allows us to do is highlight more work from fewer artists, so we have more room on the wall for each of these artists to hang their work, which is great," Boardman said.
In addition to the paintings on the walls, which change from exhibit to exhibit, there are also other art works such as jewelry, pottery, glass blowing, tiles and prints that run continually with fresh inventory, he said.
The nine featured artists for the Spring Exhibition are Rachel Isaac, Sandy Askey-Adams, Jane Ramsey, Jeanne Chesteron, Harry Boardman, Karen Weber, Dan Tarradellas, Cindy Roesinger and Rye Tippett.
"These are all artists who have been here before," Boardman said.
"We really wanted to start off the new format with artists that we know," he said. "We want to give them an opportunity to have more work on the walls here and give our customers a chance to see more of that work."
While the artists have had their works on display at Exhibit B before, these are all new works, Boardman said.
"We're the only gallery like this in a pretty big distance," he said. "You have to go pretty far to see a selection of work like this."
Artist Eric Boynton, a Souderton resident whose tiles, mugs and mosaics are sold at Exhibit B, said it is "the best gallery ever."
"It's nice to be and support local," he said.
"Harry's a quality, reputable gallery owner," Boynton said. "I like the enthusiasm he has and the ability to network and advertise. He's got the skills it takes to bring the arts alive here in town."
Artist Cindy Roesinger, a Doylestown resident, said Exhibit B has a good mix of contemporary and traditional art works, along with a variety of types.
"I love what you guys do," she told Boardman.
"I know your heart is art and people get that," Roesinger said. "I think you brought something to the area that's needed."
Some towns that have been known in the past for having galleries no longer have as many, Boardman said.
"A lot of galleries went under because of the internet. They weren't set up to change and adapt," he said.
Souderton has lower rent, a good traffic flow and is in the process of revitalizing, he said.
"There's a lot of opportunity here for a lot of kinds of businesses, but especially for ours," Boardman said.
Some people are intimidated by galleries, but shouldn't be, he said.
"We're not a museum," Boardman said. "We're not gonna question people's intelligence or beliefs. We're just here to share great art with people and make the experience good, warm and welcoming."