Waterfront Gallery in downtown Two Harbors to close its doors this springFirst Avenue in Two Harbors will suffer through yet another businesses closing. On April 14, the Waterfront Gallery will shut its doors for good, making it the third business to close on First Avenue since last summer. The gallery would have celebrated its sixth anniversary this year.
First Avenue in Two Harbors will suffer through yet another businesses closing.
On April 14, the Waterfront Gallery will shut its doors for good, making it the third business to close on First Avenue since last summer. The gallery would have celebrated its sixth anniversary this year.
Waterfront Gallery co-owners Val Doherty and John Gregor said they are sad to close. Both said the gallery has been a “wonderful experience” and the “strong support” they received from the Two Harbors community encouraged them.
While most of their customer base was from around the area, Doherty and Gregor said locals also brought people from out of town into the gallery, creating a true “grassroots” gallery. The business partners said the issue really comes down to a matter of time management.
“At a certain point you have to ask yourself if you want to be an artist or a gallery manager,” Gregor said. “The answer to that came down on the side of being an artist, of practicing our art.”
Both of the co-owners are fine-art photographers. Their Minnesota’s Own North Shore calendar was released this year.
Doherty and Gregor said the artists they represent understand their situation and are supportive although they will be sad to see the gallery close.
“They, like us, feel that there will be a hole in the artistic community that we have served,” said Gregor. “We’re proud of the exhibits we had and the attention and presence that the gallery brought to Two Harbors from all over the state.”
Both say they will miss their interactions with the artists and their “fabulous” customers the most. “I love when customers come in and you get to know them,” Doherty said. “I loved hearing their histories and learning about them. They’re friends.”
Although the business partners were out-of-towners at first—Doherty’s hometown is Duluth and Gregor moved from South Minneapolis to Two Harbors—both consider Two Harbors home and will continue to live in Two Harbors as well as serve on the Two Harbors Public Arts Commission.
Doherty and Gregor will continue to own and operate their individual businesses, Val Doherty Photography and ColdSnap Photography. Gregor plans to expand his photography workshop offerings and will work on projects with conversation organizations.
Doherty would like to begin work on book projects about breast cancer and Kenyan rescue centers she visited in 2005. Their photo framing business will also continue and they plan to complete some collaborative projects later. “We’re not going anywhere,” Doherty said. “We’re sticking right here.”