"Our Founders" Series:
One artist who has been essential to our history is Ken Blair. He saved the day many a time, and somehow through the years he still has a warm smile for everyone. We treasure the ongoing energy of Ken and the Lymans (featured last issue) in our gallery family.
After retiring as a drydock supervisor, Ken began doing stained glass as a hobby and was invited to join Verksted. To the gallery, then and now, he also brings much appreciated maintenance skills.
Those early days (upstairs in a small space and away from much foot traffic) were challenging, even to survive as a gallery. At one point, "we were lucky to have a very generous landlord and we sold candles leftover from the previous tenant to help subsidize our rent."
When the gallery moved to its current location on Front Street, Ken led the way in remodeling, building, and designing features to enhance the gallery as it is today.
Ken has changed his art form and now makes beautiful copper and driftwood pieces, along with recycled metal and glass.