fifteen years ago, an art gallery in downtown Wooster was considered risky business. Today, the Gallery in the Vault has proven that taking a risk on artistic talent, hard work, honest business tactics and customer service has proven one worth taking. The gallery resides on the southeast corner of downtown Wooster's square, across from the historic Wayne County Courthouse. The location has proven to be a wise choice. Wooster is one of Ohio's jewels that attracts many to its charming ways.
More than 500 artisans have now been represented in this wonderful open space. Once one of Wooster's major banking establishments, the building's characteristics lended authenticity to the gallery's name, Gallery in the Vault. "We've worked many remnants of the bank into the gallery's decor, which changes almost daily," says Judi Schmitt, the gallery's owner. The vault is used to showcase both two and three dimensional art. "We have keys to the safety deposit boxes and have the versatility of opening them, pulling out drawers and using them as display tools. Today, you'll find paintings by Wooster artist Robert Carafelli as well as Art Pottery perched on these drawers. Who knows what will be there tomorrow."
"I'm very proud of the creativity and high quality of art that has given the gallery its reputation through these years. Our artists are local, national and international. The mix and versatility of their talents have made us what we are. However, talent does not stop with our artists. Gallery in the Vault offers individualized custom archival framing. Our custom framers creates their own "art" with whatever is brought in, ranging from inexpensive posters to rare medieval illuminated manuscripts. Our sales consultants are not only knowledgeable and helpful, but also create the beautiful displays the gallery is known for. We are known in Wooster for pampering our customers"
The "mix" includes, original wall art, including pastels, oils, watercolors; art glass, both blown and leaded stained glass; and a large variety of pottery, including salt-glaze stoneware, raku fired decorative pieces, and creative functional ceramics. Beautiful turned wood bowls and platters, pewter measuring cups and spoons, copper candlesticks, and jewelry, jewelry, jewelry, are but a few handmade, one of a kind treasures you will find. "I truly feel that anyone can find a meaningful gift for yourself or a friend here. Our hand selected pieces of art are priced for a wide variety of budgets."
The gallery is open, Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 5:30pm. Call for more information regarding other special events throughout the year, (330) 262-3599.