Serendipity at work in Washington gallery opening
WASHINGTON — After 12 years working at the Hickory Stick Bookshop, Ellen Prindle saw an opportunity to “encourage curiosity” in a nearby vacant storefront.
On Dec. 1, Prindle opened the Hen’s Nest, an eclectic mix of art for sale on 2 Green Hill Road, in the heart of Washington Depot. With art from more than 40 artists — many of them local — the gallery has everything from earrings to painted works.
“People say ‘I never would have seen this if I didn’t come in’ and I love that,” Prindle said.
At the new business, Prindle sells household items and fine art and carries jewelry, lighting, pottery, glass work and clocks, to name a few mediums.
Barbara von Schreiber, executive director of the Washington Art Association, said she is “delighted” that Prindle chose to open in town. The art association runs both a school and a gallery.
“I think competition is always good,” she said.
The town’s art scene will be “really hopping this summer,” von Schreiber said.
The Hen’s Nest
Open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday and Tuesday.
Prindle, of Warren, said the area’s artists were a big reason she became a first-time retailer.
“I’m just starting, but there is certainly a very established art scene in town,” she said. Now she can “give artists a space where they can be celebrated and appreciated.”
She described opening the gallery as serendipity.
Prindle said she spoke of her idea for the business to artists, who spoke to more artists and finally it became a “what if moment.
“There was only one way to find out,” Prindle said.
So far, Prindle said business had been good for a normally slow time of year.
“But people come in and they’re curious,” she said. “And I couldn’t be happier with what I’m doing.”