Susann Williamson (middle) owns Mountainside Gallery. Her goal is a space to bring together artists

Arts scene continues to rise

Susann Williamson's Nortcoast Gallery had its grand opening this weekend

Local artists and art-lovers have a new space to come together.

Susann Williamson is running Northcoast Gallery, which had its grand opening Aug. 11 and 12 at its location at Skeena Landing. But its doors were able to open because of greater community support of the Terrace arts scene.

“The big difference is there are not only artists supporting artists but community members as well,” said Williamson. “Everyone’s been involved.”

“The arts scene is growing bigger and bigger,” she said.

All the artwork at the gallery is local and original work, with some consignment and estate art. Everything has a story, a history and the opportunity to form a relationship with the artist, (attribute)

Her plans to continue promoting arts in Terrace include workshops to take place at the gallery, a juried art show, where locals can gain feedback on their work from established professionals, meet the artist events, and bringing in an art appraiser.

One thing she is not worried about is demand. “There’s been a shift in the last 10 years. People don’t want junk. (They) are looking closer to home for authentic, quality, local art,” she said.